Ben Roethlisberger: 363 Yards
Matt Schaub: 357 Yards
Mark Sanchez: 171 Yards
David Garrard: 323 Yards
Those are the numbers Titans opposing quarterbacks have put up this year... and none of them will finish in the top 10 in the NFL statistically.
While MCM commenters have been quick to point out the shortcomings of Kerry Collins this season, not many are looking at the root cause of our quarterback's problems. Our defense.
This hasn't happened enough this year.
It all starts up front. The D-line isn't pressuring the quarterback. Period. When a decimated Jaguars line can give David Garrard all day to throw the ball, you know there's issues. That translates to problems in the secondary. Issues covered up by a great line last year are now being exploited regularly by average offenses.
So how does that take the blame off our offense? Because Kerry Collins wasn't appointed the starter for his ability to throw for 300 yards and 3 TD's. He's a game manager... plain and simple. When the D doesn't force three-and-outs, KC is forced to play catch up... like today versus the Jags. That's not his game, and I hate to break it to you Vince Young fans out there, but that's not #10's game either.
So, how do the Titans fix this issue? Well, with the current personnel, I'm not sure they can this year. The DT's are talented but green, and the DE's are washed up. Kyle Vanden Bosh is no longer the dominant pass rusher he used to be, and Jevon Kearse was washed up before he came back to Nashville.
Nick Harper will most likely be out of the league after this year, and behind Finnegan, we have no experienced talent.
We as Titans fans have hoped that these fabled coaching adjustments would come each week to save our season, but it's clear now that it's an issue with talent. The playoffs are out of the question, but is a winning record in jeopardy as well?