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mysteries exposed, but no answers just yet
These next two articles went up too late on PFF to make yesterday’s links, but they’re must reads. The first is their re-cap of Sunday’s game, in which PFF notes that Matt Hasselbeck’s worst plays came when he had no pressure, was a miserable 5-11 on basic hitch routes and failed to complete a pass of 18-yards or more. Also, the running game is still a mess, and Griffin missed four tackles (resulting in three first downs and a TD), got a damaging personal foul penalty and gave up a TD to Kyle Rudolph. So, why did we pay him top tier money, again? It was a head scratcher when it happened, and it looks like a pie in the face the further into the season we get.
Next up, PFF helps solve the mystery of what the hell happened to Jared Cook and, more interestingly, Karl Klug:
Titans Offense: After heavy use in Weeks 1 and 2, Jared Cook’s playing time had been in decline. Without getting back to the highs of the 92% of snaps he played in the opening matchup, his 59% here was a marked increase on his 34% across the past couple of games. It was only 64% of passing plays though.
Titans Defense: What’s happened to PFF "Secret Superstar" Karl Klug? He’s only played 29 snaps the past two weeks, including 17 here. He’s still getting decent pressure when in, but seems to be out of favor.
Jim Wyatt delivers five reasons the Titans appear to have fallen-off, including: Chasing Peyton instead of Mario, too many young starters, poor interior line play, a tough schedule and a horrid turnover/takeaway ratio. That’s tough to look at, especially when there are four times as many issues that didn’t make that cut!
Kenny Britt told Wyatt he’s been feeling better this week than he has since his knee injury last season, at least in terms of playing faster and being more confident in the stability of his knee. Hopefully that’s an indication that we’ll get to see our (theoretically) most explosive WR playing full-time soon instead of the limited packages he’s played in so far.
Attention Michael Griffin: All the league is asking you to do is not lower your helmet and use it like a battering ram when you go to hit a defenseless receiver. It’s really not that complicated at all. Just hit with your shoulder with you head up, or wrap-up like they taught you to back in Pop Warner.
better different note, Griff was asked to compare this 1-4 start to Fisher’s 0-6 start, and this was his response:
"We’re not turning against each other. In the past, there was a lot of finger-pointing."
Is it just me, or does it sound like Palmer is putting the lack of targets for Cook on Matt Hasselbeck
Paul K delivers knee-jerk reactions and commentary from around ESPN’s blog-a-sphere that’s actually pretty spot on.
If you missed MCM Radio last night, you missed a surprise call in by none other than my own Pearly Baker, as well as my own crazy proclamation: this team will win more than 6 games this season.