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Tennessee Titans Daily Links: Football Outsiders Throw Analytical Salt In The Wound Edition

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Just tip-toe through the tulips.
Just tip-toe through the tulips.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 FO points out that Chris Johnson's start hasn't just been bad, it's been historically awful. There's good new in here on Hasselbeck (2nd best QB for week 3), but it's hard to get there when you have to wade through commentary like this:

After three games, Johnson has 46 carries for 98 yards, an average of just 2.13 yards per carry. Dating back to 1960, only three running backs with at least 40 carries in the first three games of a season got off to worse starts.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Paul K takes a look at Nate Washington, who has the weight of this offense on his shoulders right now. Washington has had a phenomenal start to the season, especially because he's been catching everything in sight. Paul makes the interesting observation that Hasselbeck is the first consistent, accurate pocket passer Washington has played with. The change seems to be working.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 David Boclair goes all Dr. Phil on the Titans' offense, saying they have to come to terms with the truth about who they are and quit trying to be something they aren't. This team can't run the ball right now, so Palmer has to focus on the passing game and let that create the room CJ needs and mismatches the blockers can use to thrive.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Sunday's game will be the end of the first quarter of the NFL season, and the Titans' defense has certainly been a huge and pleasant surprise. They currently lead the league in total defense, and sit second in points allowed.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Munchak and the Titans could have taken their talking points right from Sunday's episode of MCM Radio. Not saying they did... but I'm not saying they didn't either.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 The Titans are at a loss to explain the complete failure of the rushing attack so far.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Turns out Shaun Smith did actually play after the spat with Derrick Morgan on Sunday.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Former Colts and Titans defensive lineman Marcus Howard is thriving in the CFL.

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