Titans Lose to Jaguars, 16-14


Photo: CJ not 2k, via Bleacher Report

In the opening game of the year, the Titans lost to a Jaguars team that seemed to think that football only involved running the ball. There were some bright moments amidst the loss, including an 80-yd touchdown pass and catch from QB Matthew Hasselbeck to WR Kenny Britt.

The game began rough for the Titans, the team didn’t seem to be able to move the ball on offense and when the defense line up, they seemed innate at stopping the run game of the Jaguars. Star back Maurice Jones-Drew ran 24 times for 97 yards, and backup Deji Karim ran 14 times for 33 yards. Newly crowned starting QB Luke McCown completed 17/24 passes for 175 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

On offense, it’s fair to say the Titans sputtered. Throughout the first half, the team looked inept at most phases of the game, except for an 80-yd touchdown catch by WR Kenny Britt. Let me detail the play for you. QB Matthew Hasselbeck did an outstanding job avoiding to pressure, shifting to the left of the line, then threw the ball to Britt, who had run right to left across the field darting in and out of zone coverage. After catching the ball, Britt then turned up field and ran about 70 yards un-touched. Safety Dawan Landry of the Jaguars seemed to be aimed right at Britt just after the catch but missed. It looked as though Britt stalled turning up the field and Landry aimed up field. The second play by the offense in the first half worth mentioning also started short. A screen pass to rookie RB Jamie Harper, where Harper threw a great block then ran for the first down cam as only the second highlight that half. RB Chris Johnson couldn’t get out from behind the line of scrimmage. At one point in the third quarter, his stat-line read 5 carries for 11 yards.

In the second half, the Titans defense tightened up and did a much better job stopping the Jaguars running game, and if Jaguars WR Mike Thomas (8 catches for 55 yards) doesn’t make the catch that was quite possibly the play of the game, late in the 4th quarter, then the Titans may go on to win. After Thomas’ catch, the Jaguars punted the football and sat the Titans down near their own 1. After ripping through the Jaguars zone coverage, Hasselbeck hiked ball from the Titans side of the 50-yd line with approximately 26 seconds left. Under pressure, Hasselbeck through the ball while falling slightly backwards and newly-acquired Free Safety Dwight Lowery intercepted the pass that Kenny Britt had no real attempt of catching.

Numbers to Note

Matthew Hasselbeck–21/34 for 263 yards and 2 TD’s

Chris Jonson–9 carries for 24 yards. 6 receptions for 25 yards.

WR Kenny Britt–5 receptions for 136 yards and 2 TD’s

Hasselbeck looked real sharp and was easily the brightest spot of play on the team. WR Nate Washington finally seems to be developing that much-needed chemisrty with Hasselbeck. Look for that connection to grow.

In other divisional news, the Texans blanketed the Colts 34-7. The score seems forgiving compared to the game.

  • PhilStrouse

    This game probably would have had a different outcome had DIVA CJ#K cared about the team and showed up for Camp. Offense looked vanilla, or didn’t have full use of the playbook. They constantly looked out of place. I am not down on the D just yet. They held a team to 16 points! The Titans should win a lot of games if that is the case. They will be fine, they just need to get some key guys on D healthy. The offense needs to get on the same page. Britt looked good but 80 yrds of his number were on a fluke play. His second TD was sweet though. I really don’t have any expectations for the rest of the year as this could be a really fun year or a really long year. Titans will be fine!

  • PhilStrouse

    This game probably would have had a different outcome had DIVA CJ#K cared about the team and showed up for Camp. Offense looked vanilla, or didn’t have full use of the playbook. They constantly looked out of place. I am not down on the D just yet. They held a team to 16 points! The Titans should win a lot of games if that is the case. They will be fine, they just need to get some key guys on D healthy. The offense needs to get on the same page. Britt looked good but 80 yrds of his number were on a fluke play. His second TD was sweet though. I really don’t have any expectations for the rest of the year as this could be a really fun year or a really long year. Titans will be fine!

  • munchakisdum

    Did you watch even watch the game????!!!???

    Munchak proved he is a complete idiot. 34 passes for Matt freaking Hasselback to 9 attempts for Chris Johnson!?!?! GTFO. Did he leave the run portion of his playbook at the hotel room? His stupid strategy was a miserable failure…. 4 first downs in the first half.

    And Matt H wasn’t nearly as good as his numbers. He got completely lucky on the 80yd td to Britt. He heaved it up under pressure and somehow Britt caught it and broke two tackles for the TD. Hats off to Briit not to Hasselback.

    The Titans are clearly one of the worst teams in the NFL, and it seems like we’ll be seeing Jake Locker sometime soon.

  • kindofsortofbutnotreally

    Did you watch even watch the game????!!!???

    Munchak proved he is a complete idiot. 34 passes for Matt freaking Hasselback to 9 attempts for Chris Johnson!?!?! GTFO. Did he leave the run portion of his playbook at the hotel room? His stupid strategy was a miserable failure…. 4 first downs in the first half.

    And Matt H wasn’t nearly as good as his numbers. He got completely lucky on the 80yd td to Britt. He heaved it up under pressure and somehow Britt caught it and broke two tackles for the TD. Hats off to Briit not to Hasselback.

    The Titans are clearly one of the worst teams in the NFL, and it seems like we’ll be seeing Jake Locker sometime soon.

  • PhilStrouse

    Did you Munchakisdum???? Looks like you just read the box score.The D held the Jags to 16 points, any team would win most of their games only allowing that. What did you expect them to look like yesterday? Lots of new pieces all around and the fact is their best piece failed and failed bad! I guarantee you it would have looked better had CJ made it to camp! Did you really think Johnson was going to carry the ball 30+ times on ONE week of practice???? Get real! Like it or not it will take Munch a year or two to come into his own. @munchakisdum

  • PhilStrouse

    Did you Munchakisdum???? Looks like you just read the box score.The D held the Jags to 16 points, any team would win most of their games only allowing that. What did you expect them to look like yesterday? Lots of new pieces all around and the fact is their best piece failed and failed bad! I guarantee you it would have looked better had CJ made it to camp! Did you really think Johnson was going to carry the ball 30+ times on ONE week of practice???? Get real! Like it or not it will take Munch a year or two to come into his own. @munchakisdum

  • munchakisdum

    @PhilStrouse The Jags are awful. AWFUL. So they only put up 16 points a few days after they fired their starting QB. Not to mention starters Britton and Kampman were out for the Jags O. I’m stunned they managed any points.

    The Vikings pulled this same running game ineptitude middle of last year – they stopped running AP. And it went downhill even more rapidly for them and Childress was rightly fired.

    You don’t sign CJ for a gazillion dollars and then have washed up Matt Hassleback throw it 34 times. That’s stupid.

    Dumb coaches still seem to do it all the time in this league though. Munchak can enjoy the company of fine coaching minds like Brad Childress and Todd Haley.

  • kindofsortofbutnotreally

    @PhilStrouse The Jags are awful. AWFUL. So they only put up 16 points a few days after they fired their starting QB. Not to mention starters Britton and Kampman were out for the Jags O. I’m stunned they managed any points.

    The Vikings pulled this same running game ineptitude middle of last year – they stopped running AP. And it went downhill even more rapidly for them and Childress was rightly fired.

    You don’t sign CJ for a gazillion dollars and then have washed up Matt Hassleback throw it 34 times. That’s stupid.

    Dumb coaches still seem to do it all the time in this league though. Munchak can enjoy the company of fine coaching minds like Brad Childress and Todd Haley.

  • justinstewartphotography

    @munchakisdum Seriously? Britt was untouched on his 80 yard TD. Did you notice how terrible our o-line was? Johnson had 9 carries for 24 yards. That’s a whopping 2.7 yards per carry. Shaking my shame finger at you.

  • justinstewartphotography

    @munchakisdum Seriously? Britt was untouched on his 80 yard TD. Did you notice how terrible our o-line was? Johnson had 9 carries for 24 yards. That’s a whopping 2.7 yards per carry. Shaking my shame finger at you.

  • justinstewartphotography

    @PhilStrouse That’s how I feel to. Wrote an article relating to these things this morning.

  • justinstewartphotography

    @PhilStrouse That’s how I feel to. Wrote an article relating to these things this morning.

  • PhilStrouse

    You also don’t overuse that same guy that you just paid a gazillion dollars to when he misses camp. Pretty sure it played into the game plan. Would you have rather seen CJ run the ball 25 times then the 26th he pulls a hammy because he is not in game shape? Tennessee had starters out on D as well. Jags are not awful, not very good, but not awful . How would you like to be a Chiefs fan today? Buffalo is what i would call an awful team and they blasted a team that was supposed to be good! Get over it, it’s a long season!@munchakisdum

  • PhilStrouse

    You also don’t overuse that same guy that you just paid a gazillion dollars to when he misses camp. Pretty sure it played into the game plan. Would you have rather seen CJ run the ball 25 times then the 26th he pulls a hammy because he is not in game shape? Tennessee had starters out on D as well. Jags are not awful, not very good, but not awful . How would you like to be a Chiefs fan today? Buffalo is what i would call an awful team and they blasted a team that was supposed to be good! Get over it, it’s a long season!@munchakisdum

  • PhilStrouse

    Read it as well but haven’t had much time to comment today. Good read though! @justinstewartphotography

  • PhilStrouse

    Read it as well but haven’t had much time to comment today. Good read though! @justinstewartphotography

  • munchakisdum

    Last thing I’m posting….

    Mike ‘Fire Me Please’ Munchak, 9/12/2011, in reference to Chris Johnson.

    “He’s got to have more than four carries in the first half”

    “He has to get more touches, but he didn’t get them”

    Mr. Munchak, I agree with you. Now pull your head out of your rear end and give him the damn ball.

  • kindofsortofbutnotreally

    Last thing I’m posting….

    Mike ‘Fire Me Please’ Munchak, 9/12/2011, in reference to Chris Johnson.

    “He’s got to have more than four carries in the first half”

    “He has to get more touches, but he didn’t get them”

    Mr. Munchak, I agree with you. Now pull your head out of your rear end and give him the damn ball.

  • bctitansized

    I’ve been moving across country and I wish I wouldn’t have missed this

  • bctitansized

    I’ve been moving across country and I wish I wouldn’t have missed this

  • bctitansized

    @munchakisdum they let you down. I understand, that sucks

    that made a few calls that werent the best, but you can’t call for a coaches head after his first game. Most teams don’t form their identity until mid-season.

    I think CJ really let the team down with the holdout, but I do know that he will doe his best to get back in ‘football shape’.

    as far as the pass attempts, well the run game just didn’t work. you have to try to move the ball somehow.

    special teams was a no. defense couldn’t force a turnover. no one could run the ball. You HAVE to pass.

    hasselbeck looked great at the end, give him time. He’ll get better.

  • bctitansized

    @munchakisdum they let you down. I understand, that sucks

    that made a few calls that werent the best, but you can’t call for a coaches head after his first game. Most teams don’t form their identity until mid-season.

    I think CJ really let the team down with the holdout, but I do know that he will doe his best to get back in ‘football shape’.

    as far as the pass attempts, well the run game just didn’t work. you have to try to move the ball somehow.

    special teams was a no. defense couldn’t force a turnover. no one could run the ball. You HAVE to pass.

    hasselbeck looked great at the end, give him time. He’ll get better.