Game Balls : Week 1

Offense: Chris Johnson

Welcome to the NFL Mr. Johnson., we’ve been waiting. The 2008 first round pick out of East Carolina continued his ascent to stardom with a huge effort against a good Jaguars defense. After an impressive pre-season in which he showed fans his lights-out, breakaway speed, as well as an ability to line up in different formations and pick up blocks in passing situations, the rookie found himself on the field to start the game instead of incumbent LenDale White. And boy did he ever look good.  On the day, Johnson finished with 15 carries for 93 yards and 3 catches for 34 yards and a score. He got to the outside with ease out of the backfield, and truth be told, he could have had at least one more score if he hadn’t been tripped up a time or two.  His touchdown catch came on a screen pass from Young that really was not a very good throw, but Johnson was able to come back to it, make a tough catch and take it to the house. He was really the only highlight for the offense the whole game (minus a solid performance from Bo Scaife who ended the day with 6 catches for 105 yards, including a 44-yard reception late in the fourth to help seal the victory). The Titans may have not only found their next Offensive Rookie of the Year, they may have also found a top-flight running back that can be a threat all over the field for some time to come. Nice pick Rheinfeldt.

Side note: We have been working on a nickname for Chris Johnson and we would love some reader input. Some ideas floated around have been concerning the Olympics (we were pretty enthralled by “the games” at the time), something about gold medals or gold, blah, blah, blah. Basically, the kid is solid gold (24K baby) and is lighting fast (think Usain Bolt), so we were going in that direction with it. If you’ve got anything to add, or any better suggestions, please do share.

Defense: The defense

There were so many things to love about the Titans defensive performance today that there really is no way to pick just one player or unit. The defensive line pressured Jags quarterback David Garrard all day long, totaling 7 QB sacks (Haynesworth-2, Brown-2, KVB-1, Griffin-1, Jones and Vickerson-1/2 sack each), countless QB pressures, 3 tackles for loss and one forced fumble (by KVB who also recovered it). Maybe more important is that they were able to hold the running back pair of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to a measly 31 yards rushing. Linebacker Greg Thornton was all over the place and Keith Bulluck was the steady force in the middle of the field that he always is. The secondary held the receivers in check regularly, and Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin only continued to prove why they are quickly becoming regarded as some of the finer young defenders in the league. Finnegan was especially impressive, recording 5 tackles and two big interceptions. They continue to improve in both coverage and run situations and should only get better as the season progresses. It was a dominant performance all around, and one that this bunch should be able to build on heading into next week’s match-up with Cincinnati. Well done to Jim Schwartz (for a great game plan), to the guys on the field (for bringing’ it all day) and to the fans (for being rowdy like the old days). Congrats all around.

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  • andynashville

    Seriously, CHRIS JOHNSON=STUD
    but we need to find a better nickname…”PocketRocket” aint gonna cut it…

  • Weston

    Chris “Break Ya Ankle” Johnson
    Chris “Look At My Grill Hoe” Johnson
    Chris “Dont Hurt Em” Johnson
    Chris “A Milli” Johnson
    Chris”I Am HIM” Johnson
    Chris “Call Yo Momma” Johnson
    Chris “Cool Breeze” Johnson
    Chris “BackDraft” Johnson
    Chris “Lost And Found” Johnson
    Chris “The Notice” Johnson
    Chris “Next Movement” Johnson

  • Weston

    So I think i Have the nickname : Chris”Third Degree” Johnson

  • andynashville

    I like 3rd Degree…cuz “next movement ” sounds like somekinda  xlax…

  • gnbishop

    a milli, cool breeze and next movement are all good, but we gotta get gold in there somehow.

  • tightend28

    Chris “Gold Gloves” Johnson?

  • gnbishop

    now we’re making some progress…

  • http://none Joe Palma

    Ridiculous I am a fan and have been since mcnair well since the oilers I went and bought the Young jersey praying that this great quarterback in college could take this team and win a superbowl.  A huge fan of mcnair so much thought about routing for another team in baltimore.  But realized that your time is up when its up.   But having hope in a person injuries or not and having them give up is depressing all I want is if your hurt cant play and make the titans win give up say it.  Rather someone come in who is not even as half as good try posibally get us to the playoffs  then someone who feels they are too hurt and never will get past there injury at such a young age.   damn come on even though you probably work for one of the most under payed or money having teams its alot more then most can make and the best way to make the team better and get more money is to win its all political like being a fireman or politician we know .    But vince I keep telling everyone you’ll be surprised I should of payed more attention some people just can’t take pressure.. But what does the team do?   thats the ?

  • Weston

    Yo nick, you really need to talk to Hofmeister about E. martin. He has grown up with the guy like a brother. He can probably get you an interview or sumtin…

  • Weston

    chris “The Golden Ticket” Johnson

  • http://titansized.com Nick

    i like “the golden ticket”, and i actually thought about him when i was writing the thing. if i do anything else on him, i’ll be sure to call hoff.