On the Titans throwing deep (or deeper)

August, 16, 2013
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John Glennon of The Tennessean points to PFF stats that show that 45 of Jake Locker’s 58 passing yards in the preseason opener came after the catch.

It was Checkdown City for the Tennessee Titans.

That’s fine in the preseason against a team playing soft zone and inviting throws underneath. Maybe we see more of the same Saturday night in Cincinnati.

The real question for when the regular season rolls around is this: If the Titans face a zone team encouraging checkdowns, are they determined to still take shots down field where players such as Kenny Britt and Justin Hunter will have a chance to go up and get balls even if the coverage is less than ideal?

“I think, yes you do,” coach Mike Munchak said. “I think if you play a whole game you’ll hit those windows. If Jake played a normal four-quarter game you’re going to get some shots in there. If (Chris Johnson) is in the game the whole time with Shonn (Greene) and you run the ball well, that’s going to have to stop. They’re going to have to say, ‘You know what, prove you can throw it,’ and give you some chances.

“If (starters) only play the 20 snaps, it’s harder to get a chance to get to that. You still have to find ways to get those. We will, and I’m hoping that’s the kind of thing that happens this week.”

I find that answer encouraging.

Paul Kuharsky | email

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