Browns 23, Titans 17

Tennessee Titans v Cleveland Brownshttp://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsMost of the attention surrounding this game was on the Browns quarterback battle between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. Titans fans had to be encouraged by the resurgence of the offense and discouraged by the defense.

Tennessee’s only quarterback sack was by free safety Michael Griffin. The Titans’ defensive line has failed to put significant pressure on quarterbacks over the past two games.

I’m sounding the alarm bell early. I’m concerned about the Titans lack of a pass rush.

So far, I have seen nothing from rookie defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. I’m concerned the Titans coaching staff might release Kevin Vickerson, a player I think should be start alongside Tony Brown.

Kerry Collins play more than made up for the Titans’ defensive malaise. He was 11 of 14 for 102 yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson and LenDale White showed signs of life, combining for 47 yards on 11 carries.

Vince Young rebounded from two big mistakes (a red zone interception and a red zone fumble). He showed the ability to lead the offense on long, sustained drives. His performance during the preseason, while not a great work of art, is a significant improvement over his performance during the 2008 preseason. It’s too bad he won’t have the opportunity to build upon his improvement unless Collins in injured.

Patrick Ramsey did not play a snap against the Browns. So much for him competing with VY for the backup quarterback job. I’m harping on this because several mainstream media outlets (namely ESPN and NFL.com) produced a number of stories insisting there was real competition between Ramsey and Young for the backup spot.

I have said all along that Ramsey has a better chance of being cut before game one than becoming Tennessee’s backup quarterback.

Quinton Ganther played well and may have secured a roster spot ahead of Chris Henry.

The Titans have to decide which players to keep on its 53-man roster by September 5. Will the Titans pick a punt returner from the waiver wire? How many receivers and tight ends will make the team? Which talented defensive lineman will be let go (and promptly signed by another team)? Will Ramsey be released or kept for insurance?

The final preseason game is against the Green Bay Packers. It will be a sad occasion as many young players’ dreams of playing professional football will come to a permanent end.

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