If the saying "As Vince Young goes, so goes the Titans" is true, then the Titans took a step backwards today at LP Field.
Statistically, Young had a solid day, racking up 257 yards and a TD.
But he also continued to get rattled and make key errors at crucial times, which killed any chances the Titans had to come back.
In Young's defense, the Titans trailed throughout the game, and were forced to pass fairly early on. The Jags' defense did a great job in holding LenDale White and Chris Henry to minimal yardage. And, to be sure, Vince made some good throws, particularly in the third quarter.
But perhaps the real state of Vince's passing performance can best be summed up by this scenario:
The Titans were driving late in the first half, and had a legitimate shot at the end zone with two timeouts left. With 18 seconds on the clock and a first down at the Jags' 19, Jeff Fisher let the clock tick down to two seconds to allow Rob Bironas to kick a field goal.
Because he had no confidence in his QB's ability to make a play.
Clearly, Fisher had time for one or two shots at the end zone. A slip screen, an out pattern—some attempt to score six should have been in order.
But just settling for a field goal?
Give me a break!
To be fair, it isn't like VY is passing to T.O. or Randy Moss. But anybody—even the Titan's scrub WRs—should be able to make enough of a play to keep the drive going.
Obviously, 257 yards isn't a terrible outing, but the bad interceptions, fumbled snaps, and assorted other miscues make you wonder if things can get any better in Tennessee until VY improves.
Defensively, it was a fairly mediocre day.
Understatement of the week: The Titans miss Albert Haynesworth and Travis LaBoy.
Without their presence, the D-line managed only 13 tackles and one sack this week.
That will never get it done.
Big props to Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew—this guy is the real deal. MJD is super quick and hits his holes as well as anybody. Fantasy guys have known for weeks how rapidly he racks up numbers.
At 6-3, the Titans still have a good chance to make a playoff run—but need to find an answer for their inconsistent passing.
Can you say QB controversy?