A day of reflection helps me feel better about the loss.
I took a few positive things from it:
1. Our front 7, and particularly our defensive line, has shown the potential to be a force to be reckoned with. (How great did Jacob Ford look today?) They are all playing great football, even if it has been against a mediocre Raiders team and a beat up Steelers unit. If they continue to harass quarter backs and snuff out the run, we'll start seeing our secondary make more and more plays. This young defense has the potential to be really good. I look forward to them getting a better test from the Giants next week.
2. The offense was abysmal, but not without bright spots. The bad is glaringly bad, we had 7 turnovers. But if my memory serves me, this should be the exception, not the rule. If we don't turn the ball over, we probably win this game. Take away Vince Young's turnovers, and he's having a similar game to his performance in Oakland where he came out as the top rated passer in the league. Before the turnovers started happening and the game got sort of out of hand, Vince was moving the ball through the air, despite the inability to move on the ground. That Steelers defense is exceptionally talented, and they took advantage of a bad day from the Titans. Britt is improving, Washington is still catching the ball, and Cook got in the mix in the end. The passing game will be fine.
3. Chris Johnson was bottled up today (and kudos to the Steelers for containing him), but he's still CJ2K. As he and the offensive line improves, he will rack up the yards this year. He even broke off a long one today, it just got called back.
4. Mariani is shaping up to be a good returner (sans today's fumble). He had a few good returns, and the special teams looks overall improved from the woes of last season.
It's nice to get that off my chest. Tennessee Titans Optimism restarting in 5...4...3...2...1...