Collins hoping for better starts

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Titans are hoping to open up things a bit on offense with the additions of receivers Nate Washington in free agency and Kenny Britt in the first-round of the draft.

One thing the offense will concentrate on is a first-quarter improvement. The Titans scored 375 points last season, their most since 2003. But only 16.8 percent of their points came in the first quarter.

It often seemed like the Titans needed a while to get going, not only in the first quarter, but the third as well (17.9 percent of their points.)

Kerry Collins recently said the first quarter and better starts are things he's already thinking about.

"It'd be nice to get off to a better start in some games," he said. "Last year we kind of messed around a bit in the first [quarter] and the defense kept us in it and we came through, which is the way a lot of games are won in this league. If we emphasize getting a better start, getting better on third downs and getting a lead, that will make the defense's job easier.

"I wish I could put my finger on why the first quarter wasn't better. But a lot of games are won in the second half, in the third and fourth quarter. So I'd rather be playing better in the second half than I would in the first half, generally speaking. But I think there is room for us to be better in the first half."

Courtesy of Matthew Willis of ESPN Stats and Information here is a look at Collins in the first quarter:

In 2008, Collins had a 55.3 rating in the first quarter, 86.1 in the second, 87.8 in the third and 88.8 in the fourth.

His career first quarter numbers: a 70.2 rating with a 55.7 completion percentage, 7,758 passing yards, 30 TD and 35 interceptions.

His first quarter ratings by team:

Titans (2006-08): 52.0
Raiders (2004-05): 81.0
Giants (1999-2003): 74.7
Saints (1998): 40.7
Panthers (1995-98): 72.1