The Tennessee Titans hosted the Patriots on Sunday night and at first seemed ready for the fight. The defense was pressuring Brady fairly well, but it just was not enough as Brady and the Patriots offense gained momentum and eventually became unstoppable.
Kamerion Wimbley looked poised to have a big game after his first sack, but Belichick recognized and made a few adjustments. These adjustments included Stevan Ridley followed by Aaron Hernandez. It was hard to watch. The linebackers and Michael Griffin were constantly out of position many times throughout the game. The biggest problem for the Titans was when Brady motioned Hernandez and Gronk from fullback to tight end. This was due to either horrible preparation or Colin McCarthy being injured.
At one point we allowed 21 unanswered points. That is not acceptable. Yes, a lot of that had to do with the offense not sustaining drives and Locker’s two turnovers. I expected more from this unit, though.
We didn’t see much of Zach Brown, so it is safe to assume he wasn’t ready for the contest. Tommie Campbell also didn’t see the field as much as we expected. I believe it was a coach’s decision based on the shiftiness of the Patriot’s receivers and Campbell being a more “straight line” kind of player.
Tom Brady is the kind of quarterback that knows your weaknesses and exploits them to full effect. He did this to the Titans on Sunday and he will continue harassing defenses all year. The Titans should learn from this and move forward.
My Grade: D+
PS: The defense was put in bad positions several times and McCarthy is the captain/ signal caller, him being hurt is a very bad thing.