Tennessee appeared to be outcoached and the players certainly did not appear ready to perform well against the Miami Dolphins.
One of the biggest coaching mistakes was made well before kickoff. Head coach Jeff Fisher concluded that ailing starting quarterback Vince Young (ankle sprain) was not ready to play and named ailing backup quarterback Kerry Collins (torn tendon on middle finger of throwing hand) as the starter.
Collins responded with multiple overthrown passes and tallied 51 yards on 9 of 20 passing.
After Collins limped off the field at the end of the first half, it became evident that Young was indeed ready to play. Young scrambled twice for 14 yards and looked comfortable rolling out of the pocket.
But as we have seen numerous times in 2010, Young’s ball control issues reappeared as he fumbled the ball during his first series. Yeremiah bell pressured Young and recovered the fumble. Miami scored a touchdown two plays later after the fumble.
Bo Scaife fumbled during the Titans’ first series of the game. Newly-acquired receiver Randy Moss caught one pass.
Not to be forgotten is the Titans’ sieve-like defense. The secondary gave up over 300 passing yards to the Dolphins three quarterbacks and only generated one sack. Tony Brown’s sack did knock Chad Henne out of the game, but third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen was unphased and threw a game-sealing touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano. Fasano had 5 catches for 107 yards.
Ricky Williams’ best runs of the day were out of the Wildcat formation. The Titans’ linebackers were out of position on two successive plays in the third quarter on which Williams gained 14 and 23 yards.
The Titans’ lone bright spot was Chris Johnson. Clearly helped by the presence of Moss, Johnson gained 117 yards on 17 carries.
One can only hope that Jeff Fisher will give Vince Young the same leeway given to the late Steve McNair when injured. Young is playing solid football and is without question the Titans’ best option at quarterback.
Tennessee faces a must-win game as the Washington Redskins come to town. Will Albert Haynesworth play inspired football? Will an extra week of work benefit Moss and the Titans offense? Can Tennessee’s defense pressure Donovan McNabb and force turnovers?
Let’s hope the game against Miami is an aberration and that the Titans will assert itself against the Redskins.