By all accounts, the 2007 Tennessee Titans were supposed to be a rebuilding team.
Vince Young gave fans reason for hope in 2006, but many questions remained.
At the halfway mark, the Titans are still looking for answers to some of them.
The most pressing problem is the disappearance of the downfield passing game. Drew Bennett's departure to St. Louis has hurt. Brandon Jones remains VY's best target, but the pickings are slim after that.
Veteran observers (read: me and my buds in Section 339) see Vince as being somewhat indecisive—caught between making his own decisions on the one hand and trying to perform as his coaches want him to on the other.
But all is not rotten in Nashville, as the Titans defense has returned with a vengeance. Statistically, they rank at the top of the league in run defense, and near the top overall.
Barring injuries, the D's performance will be the defining success of the season.
Offensively, the Titans are getting it done by using a grinding running game—with LenDale White looking like a possible heir-apparent to Eddie George.
Jeff Fisher, the dean of NFL coaches, has managed to get his vets and youngsters to gel into a cohesive group. Another bright spot is the non-factor that is Adam Jones—the much-maligned CB facing a variety of criminal charges nationwide.
Having Jones' disruptive influence out of the locker room is a very positive thing.
Looking ahead, the schedule bodes well for the Titans, with only the 7-1 Colts posing a daunting challenge. Granted, there's still a lot of football to be played—but a solid defense, a good coaching staff, a steady kicking game, and an offense that can control the clock gives the Titans a chance to be a quality playoff team.