Titans v. Patriots Preview/Two Tone Rant

Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Rant, sponsored by Stuckey’s Malt Liquor. “It’s the champagne of Malt Liquor!”

Hello Titans fans, what a glorious time to cheer for our favorite corporate entity. I have been watching the highlights of the Chiefs game all week, and I still cannot believe it. The comeback was simply astonishing. That game was the moment that Marcus Mariota became president!

There is so much to talk about regarding the Chiefs game, and a lot has been covered so well, that I just want to mention a few things.

I think the two iconic Mariota plays are some of the best in franchise history, and will forever be remembered. They were both gutsy and McNairesque. When we first drafted Mariota I had some reservations, there were even times this season that I had some doubts, but what doubt I had has been obliterated. Mariota is our qb and I could not be happier.

I complained about Derrick Henry last post, saying that he ran weak. He must have heard my complaints, because he ran like he was back in Tuscaloosa. He was simply unstoppable. It really is true that once he gets going he’s a runaway freight train. I think he has the potential to be one of the best running backs in Titans history (we actually have a solid history at the position).

Of course, it could not be a Titans blog without talking about the offensive philosophy. I think it has been proven ad nauseam, but they should run more power spread. It is clearly what fits this team and when they used these concepts against the Chiefs, they took over. Additionally, I really think they should try to run some pistol. It may be too late to add those formations, but one would think that they take a hard look at adding some pistol formations in the off-season.

Finally, I would like to thank the defense. After settling down, they dominated the game. There was not one player on the defense that took a play off or gave up, even when the team was down. It really is a special group. They may not be the most talented, but they always give the best effort.

On to the next round!

Foxborough in the playoffs, against the greatest qb and coach in NFL history, sounds terrifying. On paper this looks like the most difficult game that the Titans have played in a decade. It is David v. Goliath. But I am not even sure that the Titans are David. They maybe closer to his younger, shorter, and less attractive brother, Davis. There really is nothing that they can do to win. I have heard that Mularkey is even considering taking the team to Legal Seafood instead of playing. Seriously this game has no reason to be played. The Pat’s are just going to turn the Titans into chowder.

That could happen, or something much different could also happen. The Titans could keep this thing close (audible gasp). I think the Titans could show up more than people think. However, I am not calling the upset of the century.

The Titans need to use power-spread formations in this game. They do not have to run a lot of hurry up, because I think the key against the Pats would be to control the ball and the clock. However, I think running a lot of jumbo formations would be a mistake. Furthermore, it seems that Henry runs much better out of shotgun. Additionally, Mariota plays infinitely better in the spread. Thus, I think the Titans would benefit from spreading the field and running Henry out of the shotgun.

I would throw in a little hurry up, but not a ton unless the team gets down big. However, I honestly would not mind seeing the team come out with the hurry up on the opening drive. I think that could be beneficial for a number of reasons. It could get Mariota into a rhythm early and if they get a touchdown it could quiet the crowd and give the Titans a huge momentum boast.

In reality, I expect a lot of Henry in this game. The Pats are not great at run defense, so I could see the Titans wanting to slam Henry all game. I think they go jumbo formation and run him a lot. Hopefully it works.

As for the defense, as great as they have been, I think they will have some issues in this game. The Pat’s offense is very good. They are going to make big plays. The Titans just have to try to limit them, and of course they have to get in Brady’s face. If they can start hitting Brady, then they could have a chance to disrupt their offense. But the Pats are going to make plays. The defense just has to bend but not break. Similar to last week, if they can keep them under 24 points, then the Titans have a real shot. But that is a very big if.

As a life long Titans fan this is surreal. Six weeks ago I never would have thought that the Titans would get into the playoffs, pull off a historic comeback and then find themselves facing off against the Patriots in the divisional round. I think this season has become a massive success and I have never been more proud of a Titans team. Win or lose in New England, this team will always hold a special place in my heart. I am counting on a loss, but of course hoping for a win. I am ready to see how much magic this team has left. Let’s go Titans!!! Let’s win this fucking game!!!!!

Titans v. Chiefs Playoff Preview

Coming from somewhere deep below the earth, it’s the Two Tone Rant playoff edition! Proudly presented by JD McGillicutty Tonic Water. “It will cure whatever ails ya!”

Hello Titans fans, well it was not pretty, but the Titans did it. After 9 long years, they finally made the playoffs. It feels great writing that, and I really did think for a while that we would never see the two tone blue again in the playoffs, but here we are.

As much as I have complained about this season, it really is great getting in. Although I do not think that the team can get very far, I am still exited.

Anyway as great as beating Jacksonville again was, I still saw many of the team’s major flaws glaring in the game. Basically the offense is still terrible. The interior line struggled all game, as did the passing game. Many fans have been complaining about Marcus Mariota in this game, but I thought he played pretty well. Obviously his running was fantastic, and his 3rd down run with his stiff arm will be immortalized in the minds of Titans fans forever. I know that he had some issues passing, but the receivers were killing him with drops. I feel like Eric Decker alone had maybe 60 yards that he left on the field due to dropped passes. I think if a few of those were completed then Mariota’s numbers would have been much better.

However, it would not be fair if I did not say that Mariota did have some passing issues. Furthermore, it seems like the offense doesn’t know what it is supposed to do half of the time. Obviously there was the Derrick Henry fumble, but there were tons of other miscommunications. It was week 17 and they were still making mistakes all over the field like it was preseason. It goes without saying, but the offense needs to be completely overhauled in the offseason.

So far it looks like I may have been wrong about Henry. I thought if they just kept feeding him then something would happen, and I guess it did with the screen pass, but his overall running was pretty weak. He tries to bounce everything outside, and more times than not he loses a big chunk of yards. I don’t know why he keeps doing this, and frankly it is perplexing. He is bigger than most of the defense, he just needs to run straight and bulldoze people. As of now I can see why they have been reluctant to give him the starting role. So I guess Mularkey was right about something.

The defense played great however, and I absolutely love them. They all came ready to play, and they won the game. They need the defense to show up the same way against the Chiefs in order to have a chance.

So here we are, the first playoff game in 9 years. The team has to go to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Vegas line is -9 Chiefs. Most people say that the Titans have zero shot. That could be true, or they could pull off a huge upset. Here is how they may be able to do that.

I think with how the run defense has been playing they could conceivably contain Kareem Hunt. If they do this and generate consistent pressure on Alex Smith, then maybe they could limit the Chiefs big plays. However, the Chiefs will have a few big moments. They simply have too much firepower on offense to do nothing. The Titans just need to limit the big gains, get a turnover or two. If they can keep the Chiefs under 24 points, then I think the Titans could have a real shot.

Now the offense actually has to do something here. I have said it all year, and here it is again, I think the offense should run the hurry up no huddle early. It could get the Chiefs off balanced and get Mariota into a rhythm. Additionally, if they can get Henry the ball in space or throw him a few screen passes, then they could have a chance at a few big plays. In my opinion, the running game sucks, and the passing game is not much better, but for whatever reason when they run the hurry up things work better, so I would just go all out. It is the playoffs, they have nothing to lose. With all of that said, I expect Henry up the middle 30 times for no gain.

As I said, I think the Titans could win, but I do not think that they will. I would love to see it, but I have no confidence in this offense. Still I am grateful that they made it in. It means a lot to me, but I am also really happy for the players who have been with the team throughout all of the horrible years, players such as Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and Derrick Morgan. They really do deserve a playoff game, and I hope that they can make the best of their first time in the playoffs.

Well that’s it, we are in the playoffs. This is one giant leap for the team. Hopefully they can eke out a win. If they do, I will be utterly ecstatic, but if not, I am still very proud of the players, and I hope that the coaching staff makes a lot of changes in the offseason. Let’s go Titans. Let’s pull off a miracle.