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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Titans hit goal for touchdown to field goal ratio

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans' No. 1 goal for 2008 was to get in the end zone a lot more often.

Touchdown troubles were a big share of the reason Norm Chow was removed as offensive coordinator, Vince Young faced a lot of criticism over his second-year production and Rob Bironas had a Pro Bowl season.

Coach Jeff Fisher said the Titans set annual goals of a ratio of about 40 touchdowns to 25 field goals for the season.

The 2007 Titans scored just 28 touchdowns (with only nine through the air) and kicked 35 field goals. That was 301 points, 18.8 a game.

The 2008 Titans scored 41 touchdowns (with 13 through the air) and kicked 29 field goals. That was 375 points, 23.4 a game.

Only twice in the last 18 years has the franchise scored more -- 435 points in 2003 and 392 in 1999.

"We set out last year as a goal to improve our offensive efficiency in the plus territory, improve scoring," Fisher said. "I think we've had the [third]-highest offensive output in the last 15 years. We kind of have an in-house goal of touchdowns to field goals. You want to score more touchdowns than you do field goals. We recently surpassed that. I thought we were very good there. We're going to continue along those lines."