3 Things I thought the Titans did well.
1. The Safeties
Minus a few plays, which were key plays, the safety play of the Titans did seem much improved from last season. The guys were able to swarm to the ball after the run bypassed the defensive line. This area still needs to be improved and no one played as if they were an All-Pro, however they did present a building block upon which improvement can be made.
2. Quinn Johnson
I’l admit that my eye was not focused on the newly-acquired fullback for the entire game but I did see him make a few hits that led me to believe he could be a force and not a farce later on. The guy could be really good, but special? We’ll hold off a few more weeks on that.
3. The Passing Game
Whether you’d like to admit it or not, the passing game looked great late. While the Jaguars were able to snuff this aspect of the offense out of the game early on, Hasselbeck proved capable of leading the guys late when he seemed to take over at will. Now, if you’re only looking the stat line, it’s easy to subtract the 80-yd goof of a touchdown from these numbers and then not be impressed by Hasselbeck. Now, if you’re like me and you prefer to actually watch the game, you were no doubt impressed by Matthew Hasselbeck. He cam alive late in the game and nearly won it. The garbage-time interception was absolutely nothing. Hasselbeck was forced to throw that up. He still doesn’t fully have the timing down with his group of wideouts. He will only get better, assuming the offensive line holds up. I still doubt Eugene Amano.