Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jackie Battle (44) leaps over the pile for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Rapid Reaction: Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers

After Week 1, the general thought about the Tennessee Titans was, well it can’t get much worse. Unfortunately, it did. The Titans were beat in almost every facet of the game. I don’t know how many more of these I can look back on. The road doesn’t get much easier. In Week 3 the Titans face the Detroit Lions back at LP Field.

Here’s a look back:

-The Titans offense had a time of possession of under 16 minutes. That is absolutely unacceptable. The run game has not shown any signs of life and OC Chris Palmer doesn’t really seem to want to even try and establish the run game. The O-line is getting zero push and creating no lanes.

-Jake Locker was running for his life most of the game and could never really seem to find a rhythm. Locker was inconsistent in his throws and too many were in the dirt. TE Taylor Thompson has to catch that deep ball. He should have kept running. It would have been an easy touchdown. This all adds up to having one offensive series lasting longer than four plays.

- The defense for the Titans applied good pressure on Philip Rivers pretty much all game. However, they were on the field way too long and eventually wore down.

-The Titans haven’t shown the ability to cover a tight-end in the first two games. There seems to be missed communication on who has got TE responsibility.

-The Titans run defense at times looked mean, especially with LB Akeem Ayers. CB’s Verner and McCourty made some nice plays including an impressive interception by Verner, but way too often the Chargers receivers seemed to be wide open. This was due largely to the safety play. However, I wonder if the Titans safeties are being put in bad situations. I have no idea why Robert Johnson is getting lined up 30 yards from the line of scrimmage and why is Michael Griffin playing SS? Questionable to say the least.

Looking ahead:

-This team, this defense, desperately needs MLB and defensive captain Colin McCarthy back. This defense needs his play making ability, leadership, and attitude back on the field. Hopefully he can return this week against the Lions, but the early prognosis isn’t good.

-The coaching staff on both sides of the ball have failed to make the proper adjustments and need to be more aggressive. The same run plays are called over and over and they need to utilize Lockers mobility and put him in better positions to make plays. With proven play-makers in CJ, Britt, Washington, Cook, and up and comers in Locker and Wright. It’s hard to imagine how this offense is struggling so mightily.

-With WR’s Nate Washington and Kenny Britt returning to full capacity next week, hopefully the passing game will be more explosive. Kendall Wright had a TD last week and you can look for his success to continue throughout the season. He’s a play-maker.

-I’m sticking to my position on Chris Johnson. The team and the coaches are simply not putting him in the position to be successful. However I need to see more. It’s hard to watch right now. Hopefully the Titans and CJ can get the run game going against a Lions run defense that was exposed against the 49ers last week.

 

The Titans have to be better this week against the Lions or they’ll be looking at an 0-3 hole.
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