The Jags had just scored a touchdown to go up 17-3 with 7:35 remaining in the 2nd quarter. At down 14 with 37 minutes left to play is no time to panic. There is still plenty of time left in the game to grind it out. Keep in mind that to this point the Titans had only one drive that lasted more than 3 plays. The defense, which is bad and decimated by injuries, had been on the field most of the game. It is on the offense to put together a drive that lets them catch their breath.The drive gets off to a good start with Chris Johnson gaining 9 yards on first down. Now if they would have called me at that point and asked me what to run, I would have told them to bring LenDale White in the game and either just hand the ball to him or run play action with him and take a shot down the field.
What do the Titans do? Hand the ball to CJ for no gain. Now don't get me wrong, I love CJ, and I know that he has the ability to break any given play, but short yardage is not his specialty.
So now it is 3rd and 1. So the Titans brought LenDale in and handed him the ball, right? Nope.
Well they at least had LenDale in the game and did a play fake to him, right? Wrong again.
With CJ still lined up at tailback, they do a play fake to him and roll Kerry Collins out. Way to play to his strengths. Bo Scaife was supposed to sneak out into the flat, but he fell down. Incomplete pass. PUNT TEAM!
I understand that the play calling I suggested is pretty predictable, but it is about time for this team to get back to predictability. It worked for them.
/not that any of this matters anyway because the defense couldn't stop the high flying Jags passing attack