After last season’s playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers, I recognized that the fundamental difference between the Chargers and the Titans was the presence of playmakers in San Diego’s offense. The Chargers playmakers are running back LaDainian Tomlinson, tight end Antonio Gates and wide receiver Chris Chambers.
In order to win a playoff game, the Titans need to match the Chargers by adding playmakers to its offense.
The Titans now have two bonafide playmakers on offense.
One of the playmakers is rookie running back Chris Johnson. He provides a one-two punch with incumbent starter LenDale White. I wonder if White realizes he may become the “two” in the one-two punch.
In case you missed this play last night, Chris Johnson is really fast.
Alge Crumpler is the other new playmaker. He will prove to be an experienced and reliable option for VY.
The Titans still do not have a gamebreaker at wide receiver. However, the the two Justins — Gage and McCareins — are solid.
From all reports, Vince Young is having an excellent training camp and is gaining the approval and confidence of new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.
Last year’s great defense has one talented newcomer: former Titan and Eagle Jevon Kearse.
I have a good feeling about this football team.
Indianapolis is due for a bad season. I do not believe the Colts have significantly upgraded its roster. Additionally, Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison are battling injuries.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the class of the division. Quarterback David Garrard is flawless. The team is confident after its recent playoff performances against the Steelers and Patriots.
Houston, is, well, Houston. I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid about the Texans playoff prospects. The team is not starting its best quarterback (Sage Rosenfels), backup running back Chris Brown is already injured, and its secondary is horrible.
The Titans prospects are good. I anticipate an 11-5 season and a wildcard playoff victory.
I will not be writing in depth about the preseason. One can only make the most general of conclusions from the outcome. Last night, in the Titans 34-13 victory, we learned that the Rams rushing offense is terrible and that the Titans defense is still sharp. That’s it.
We will get a sense of Vince Young’s progress in the team’s third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Last night’s 3-for-6, 17-yard passing performance told us nothing, good or bad.