Sep 09, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak watches his team play against the New England Patriots during the second half at LP Field. The Patriots beat the Titans 34-13. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Line Takes A Beating VS Patriots

PFF released their grades from the Tennessee Titans VS New England Patriots game and it was not a pretty report card for the Titans O-line. Of all the linemen, the often used scapegoat Leroy Harris was actually the only one to grade out positive.

Only one Tennessee in-line blocker (Leroy Harris) recorded a positive run block grade against the Patriots defensive front, and the left side in particular is a shell of its former glory. Michael Roos, once one of the better run-blocking tackles in the league, earned a -2.5 grade in this contest as he failed to control impressive rookie Chandler Jones. Off-season acquisition Steve Hutchinson (-3.4 run blocking) may make the Hall of Fame for his work opening running lanes for Shaun Alexander and Adrian Peterson, however his debut in Tennessee didn’t hit those same heights. When running to the left side, Tennessee totalled a pitiful 17 yards on 11 carries.

I don’t need to tell you how disappointing that is. The Titans started off blocking fairly well in the first quarter but fell apart as the game progressed. The Titans and Munchak didn’t bring in any big names to help the O-line this offseason, save for aging veteran Steve Hutchinson.

If this line performs like this all year, Munchak is going to be in one heck of a hot seat. The Titans had the chance to draft the top center in the draft this past spring when Peter Konz fell to them in the second round but chose to go with OLB Zach Brown instead.

They also had the top centers in free agency in for visits but didn’t feel like any of them were big enough upgrades over Amano, a view none of the rest of us shared.

I’m hoping to see the Titans run game turn around this weekend in San Diego, but then again, I had that same hope all last season. Here’s to hoping for this one being different.


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