Coming from somewhere deep underground, it’s the Two Tone Blue Rant, sponsored no one in particular. We’ve had a lot of issues recently.
Hello Titans fans. It has been a roller coast of a month. One week we get the good Titans, then we get the bad and last week both teams showed up in the game. The first half of the Jets game was a disaster. I was ready to throw my TV out of the window and call for the team to disband. However, they played much better in the second half. Thus, I am hopeful.
The defense actually played fairly well for the majority of the game. They were giving up a lot of run plays, and appeared to have some issues on passing downs early, but I am assuming Pees made some adjustments, because they pretty much shut them out in the second half. I think however that the pass rush is considerably bad. Moran and Orakpo are done, which really pains me to say because I really like them and appreciate everything that they have done for the franchise. (On a side note Morgan is the second longest tenured Titan behind Kern. Morgan was Jeff Fisher’s last first round pick with the team in 2010 while Kern was signed in 2009.) As of late I have been somewhat disappointed by Landry. He looked so good early in the season but has appeared to hit a rookie wall. The defensive line has also been inconsistent at best. Casey has been good, but he’s double-teamed every play, which has severely limited his production. While Jones and Johnson have been mediocre. I do not know what happened to Jones. He was pretty good last year, but has essentially disappeared this season. Perhaps the injury is still affecting him. Johnson has been a total whiff. The second round picks of the 2016 draft have been a disaster. Due to the pass rush issues the team has to blitz more, which worked against the Jets in part because the secondary and linebackers played well. Evans has been great recently, him and Landry have inversed each other. Also because the Jets are terrible.
As for the offense, they have been better, but still not great. I like the adjustments to the line. I was surprised that Spain was who they took out. I thought Kline was the big issue. But it seemed to work. The Jets have a good d-line with Leonard Williams, so it was encouraging to see a better performance. The running game was ok, and I am begging to think Henry should get the ball more. As for the passing game, the receivers are pretty much garbage with the exception of Davis. I would like to see the team concentrate on throwing to Davis more. I know he’s double covered a lot, but he’s by far the team’s best receiver and he’s 6-3 just lob it up to him occasionally. He can make plays, they just need to give him the ball more. Maybe they could revive the failed Randy Ratio. They can call it the Davis Division. 40% of every pass play goes to Davis! Speaking of not getting the ball enough, could the team please throw more to Firkser? All he does is catch everything thrown to him. He’s been a pleasant surprise in a tumultuous season. Of course, I must mention Mariota. He’s played much better recently.
Well here we are, Jags v. Titans a Thursday night tradition. What are my expectations? I have none. This team is so hard to predict. On paper they should win. The Jags are a disaster on offense and traditionally their defense has been less than great against the Titans, but this team is a complete skizo so any outcome could happen. I would however hope to see offensive line improvements. The Jags have a great defensive line, so it will be a challenge, but if they keep Jones at guard and Levin at center and they hold up it will definitely be encouraging. It goes without saying, but if they can keep the pocket clean they should have some opportunities to score. I could see the Titans attempt to take advantage of the Jacksonville’s aggression and maybe throw a few screens. Regardless though, they will play very conservatively. As for the Titans defense, they just need to stop the run. If they can do that, then they should limit Jacksonville’s scoring ability.
I am really expecting a slow and lumbering game that will end 12 to 9. The Titans season really depends on a win. I am hopping that they go out and take it like they did against the Patriots. But honestly who knows what team shows up. Regardless I am pulling for them and until next time keep those thumbtacks flaming.