Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wrap-up: Jaguars 37, Titans 17
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The retooling Jaguars made it through what looked like would be a torturous opening month at 2-2.
The high-expectation Titans finished the same four weeks winless, having earned the designation as the league’s most disappointing team.
Jacksonville clobbered Tennessee 37-17 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Sunday in a result that surprised many of us, but shouldn’t have.
It’s time to stop talking talent and start talking execution, quit considering names and résumés and create expectations based on buy-in and ability to carry out a game plan.
The Jaguars rank well above the Titans in all those departments. They scored on five of their first six possessions and had three takeaways -- a number that put the Titans at 11 turnovers through four games after 17 all of last season.
Watching the highlights, the most striking thing about this game was how often David Garrard found open receivers. Sitting in soft spots in zones or finding a seam, there was Ernest Wilford, there was Torry Holt, there was Mike Sims-Walker.
For the second week in a row, and the second win in a row, some effective Garrard runs were part of the mix. His counterpart, Kerry Collins, threw two interceptions for the second week in a row for what looked to be a flat, lifeless team.
Where’s the spark, the enthusiasm? In this game and the season’s first month, the Jaguars showed some and the Titans not so much.