- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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1. Titans offense: That was a pitiful display against Pittsburgh. And it wasn’t just the poor quarterback play. Or the seven turnovers. Jeff Fisher admitted the game plan included too much. Nate Washington wasn’t sharp on routes. A top offensive line got pushed around. Etc., etc., etc.
2. Vince Young and David Garrard: A week ago they shared a rising slot. In Week 2, they each got pulled in favor of his backup. Their inconsistent play is a big part of the issues their teams have and the Titans and Jaguars cannot endure those type of drop-offs at quarterback.
3. Jaguars rushmen: Position coach Joe Cullen calls his guys rushmen, and their opening day effort was good. In San Diego, Philip Rivers simply had too much time. He was sacked once by Daryl Smith and hit once by Aaron Kampman. Beyond that things weren’t good enough as he threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, more than enough to offset two picks. The secondary needed to do better on Antonio Gates.
1. Kevin Walter, Houston wide receiver: Jacoby Jones is getting his chances and is a big part of the offense, but people who thought he’d displace Walter as the No. 2 can look to Walter’s performance in Washington to see why he maintains his standing. For Matt Schaub to have a guy he can connect with 11 times on top of a dozen completions to Andre Johnson is really something.
2. Colts offensive line: They may still have banged up guys up front, but they sure did a lot better against the Giants in pass protection and run blocking than they did a week earlier in Houston. Props too, to Brody Eldridge, as mentioned here.
3. David Jones, Jaguars cornerback: Acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on Sept. 4 for Reggie Nelson, he played 24 snaps on opening day, then replaced Derek Cox in the starting lineup in San Diego. Against the Chargers he played 54 of the team’s 61 defensive snaps and snatched an interception in the end zone off the hands of Antonio Gates. He’s still learning, but is a smart guy who looks like he can maintain a prominent role.
FALLING1. Titans offense: That was a pitiful display against Pittsburgh. And it wasn’t just the poor quarterback play. Or the seven turnovers. Jeff Fisher admitted the game plan included too much.