Greetings MCM'ers. It's been a looooong time since I've posted anything. Life's been busy and I just haven't had too much to say I guess. I'm still as hardcore a Titan's fan as I've ever been (I go back to the Warren Moon days) and I still read MCM on a daily basis. For whatever reason, I felt the desire to post something today though. I'm looking forward to tonight's game, and hoping to see a few things from our guys in blue.
I've been thinking about what makes good teams so good. It's not just talent. It's how they use that talent. The best teams in the NFL are able to find out what they do well... then perfect it. If you want to be taken seriously, then you have to do at least one thing great. Maybe it's pass rush (Giants), or maybe you know how to use your tight ends (Patriots). Whatever your edge is, you have to use it.
So all of this got me thinking about what our Titans could use as a viable edge. What one thing do we have the ability to be great at? Here's what I got...
It seems to me that we are very impressive in terms of speed and athleticism on the offensive side of the ball. Locker can move. CJ is fast as lightening. Cook doesn't play like a typical TE. Washington is a speedster, Wright looks like a play-maker, and Britt is just a stud when he's healthy. With talent like this, only one thing comes to mind. SPREAD THE FIELD. I see no reason whatsoever (unless we're at the 1 yard line) to ever see 2 tight ends in the game, and I really don't think a fullback is important at all this year. It just doesn't play to our strengths. We have the ability to get teams off of their game plans by spreading the defenses out. We can get those linebackers out of the box by using Cook the right way. Once Britt is back, he has to be respected. Locker's mobility has to be respected. CJ has to be respected. This is the one thing we can be great at. We have the personnel on offense to be able to dictate how opposing defenses play against us. In the battle of an offense vs. a defense, it's a question of who is being proactive and who is being reactive. The proactive team usually has the upper hand.
With all that said... there are two things that I really, really, really, really want to see from tonight's game. The first is obviously the ability to spread the field. The second though is some form of a no huddle offense. I didn't get to see the second preseason game, but I did watch the first. There was a span of a few plays in the second quarter where we did utilize a no huddle offense. To be honest, that is the most telling thing I've seen from the Titans all preseason. The points I made above only become stronger under a no huddle offense. The defense begins to have trouble substituting players creating match-up problems, and the D-linemen get fatigued creating more holes in the line. With our speed and athleticism, a no huddle offense could become nightmarish for opposing defensive coordinators.
Anyway... that's my two cents. I have a feeling that Munchak is on the same page as I am. Just a gut feeling. I expect to see one or two series of no huddle, spread the field, type football. Just a few plays... don't want to give away too much before the regular season.
I'm starting the petition.... who wants a no huddle offense this year? Please sign below.