Five Offensive Plays that Worked for the 2008 Tennessee Titans
Some plays put the exclamation point on blowouts. Some plays set the tone for a game. Some plays are critical to a win.
The 2008 season for the Tennessee Titans saw a run-first team that looked for their opportunities in the passing game. The Titans finished seventh in rushing with 137.4 yards a game, but finished 27th in passing yards (176.2). But you need to go beyond the numbers to find out what works in certain situations.
This slideshow takes a look at five plays that either happened in key moments or best illustrate the strengths of the Tennessee offense.
A simple toss play to Chris Johnson
Leading 10-0 late in the second quarter in Kansas City, a toss play for Chris Johnson netted a 24-yard gain. The play gave the Titans a first-and-goal from the 6-yard line at the 2-minute warning. Lendale White scored before halftime giving the Titans a 17-0 lead. Tennessee cruised to a 34-10 win, rushing for 332 yards.
LenDale White Between The Tackles
Running in a two tight-end set, White got a big 54-yard gain late in the 2nd quarter of the game against Green Bay. When he breaks through the front 7, he will be tough for most defensive backs to bring down. This run led to a Chris Johnson touchdown and gave Tennessee a 13-10 halftime lead. The Titans won the game 19-16 in overtime.
Chris Johnson catching the ball out of the backfield
Kerry Collins hits Chris Johnson in the middle of zone coverage. When the offensive is in the shotgun, it is a safe pass play. You can simply give the ball to the fastest player on the team and see if he can make a big play. Tennessee used this on a third and six play in overtime against Green Bay. The pass to Johnson gave Tennessee enough for convert a third down on the first drive in overtime.
Kerry Collins throwing downfield to Justin Gage
In the game against Pittsburgh, Tennessee used a three-wide receiver shotgun formation to attack the Steelers defense. Collins found Gage over the middle for a 34-yard TD. Gage split safeties Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu to complete the catch to put the Titans ahead 10-0 in the second quarter. Tennessee went on to beat Pittsburgh 31-14.
Kerry Collins hits Justin Gage on a slant
This red-zone play had two tight ends with Chris Johnson in the backfield. Collins connects on a slant to Justin Gage in the red zone. One example: On the road against Chicago, Collins hit a 12-yard slant to Justin Gage for a touchdown. Tennessee took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter and won the game 21-14.