David Boclair points out something I noticed on Sunday even more so than the previous non-Steelers games this season: opponents seem to be making the decision at the snap to regularly blitz at least one more player than we have blocking. If we block with five, six guys are coming. If we block with seven, then it's eight guys blitzing. In the NFL there's only one way to stop this from happening: find ways to make them pay. That's why we've seen more and more of the deep ball since the Giants game, and it should be a staple of the offense until teams start having to gameplan it.
One of the several players the Titans worked out yesterday was Macho Harris, the fifth round safety out of Virginia Tech who went from scrub to starter to street player faster than anyone you've ever seen not named Chris Henry.
Blogging the Boys reviewed the film of last Sunday's game and makes some good observations on some of the big plays that aren't going to make the highlight reel. I haven't been following the discussions on who should replace Wade Phillips on their site, but this line just made me laugh for some reason:
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John Oehser breaks-down the Titans vs. Jaguars match-up and delivers the line that sums up the Titans' up and down season so far:
For the Titans, the trend this season is there is no trend.
The Titans are currently 4th in defense DVOA and 18th in offense DVOA. A lot of that offensive inefficiency had to have been racked up in the Steelers and Giants games. You gotta feel good that our scoring is outpacing our efficiency at the point where the play calling is starting to tighten-up.
I tweeted this yesterday, but make sure you read this bombshell of an article from Spots Illustrated, Confessions of an Agent. Former agent Josh Luchs tells stories and names names to show you just how shady and illicit the business of signing college football players can be.
Jim Wyatt knows five things about the Titans.
Several Titans players used their off day to visit patients at the newly-opened Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
Is it possible to choke in just the first quarter of the season? I submit, with help from Don Banks, that it may be so:
• Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has seven touchdowns and five interceptions this season. In his last three games, he has thrown for three of each, with a passer rating of 77.7 in the loss against Dallas and 53.1 in the loss to the Giants. I know Schaub's very good, but he won't be great in my book until he can consistently deliver when the pressure's on. He does it sometimes, and other times, not so much.
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