Fan Rant: Tennessee Titans Home Opener

Jeremy ScottAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2008

So the Tennessee Titans are currently in first place in the AFC South—a position they have not held for many seasons—and they won their home opener over a hated divisional rival.

And yet all I can think about are the negatives.

Chris Johnson looks like a superstar, no doubt.  I caught a glimpse of Mike Heimerdinger's game plan for the next 15 games, and I can tell you exclusively that the entire playbook consists of seven words:  "Get Chris Johnson the ball every down."

And yet, all I can think about is how awful the drop-happy receivers looked.

The defense was incredible, with seven sacks and two interceptions.  They were swarming, hard-hitting, and everywhere. 

But all I see in my head are Vince Young's interceptions.

While there is plenty to be happy about in the land of Titans fans (Johnson, the defense, Bo Scaife's play, etc.), you are reading the musings of one fan who is not convinced.  That's right, people, I'm officially concerned.

It is maybe the first time a Titans win has almost felt like a loss.  And a lot of it hinges on the Vince Young injury-possible-quitter-meltdown mess. 

Why wasn't Vince on the field after the defense held Jacksonville to a 3-and-out?  Was he too mired in his own depression?  Was his hamstring really bothering him?  Was he on the phone with the company that manufactures his sausages

Whether or not his justification for that mishap is reasonable—and let's assume it is—there's still no excuse for him moping, head in hands, on the bench on the sideline.  That's just not right.  The Vince Young from the national championship would not do that. 

Yet here we are, a few years later, and he acts like an overpaid athlete with the attitude of a spoiled child.  Honestly, the mopey cry-baby stuff bothers me way more than his poor quarterback play—and make no mistake, his poor quarterback play bothers me a lot!

And I'm probably not alone.  Look at what Keith Bullock had to say:

"I am hoping it is not a 16-week thing, but at the end of the day we want to have the No. 1 defense in the league, so if we have to play 90 snaps to get that, that's what we're going to have to do,'' linebacker Keith Bullock said.

"No one is going to quit on this side of the ball.''


So now we have 2-4 weeks of Kerry "AARP" Collins to look forward to.  Wonderful. That will surely help the offense turn things around.

Oh, and didn't we freaking sign Alge Crumpler in the off season?  Where the heck was he, because I don't see him in the stat line.  Oh wait... yes I do... one catch for four yards.  Awesome.  Totally worth it to bring in one of the best Tight Ends in the league only to have your QB throw only to the other TE... his college buddy.  (I know, I know... Scaife played great). 

How many seasons of crap-tastic wide receiver play does the team need before they realize they should maybe try and sign a good one? 

Sure, the defense looks solid... like "maybe one of the best in the league" solid.  And that will take us a good part of the way. 

But someone has to score.  Someone has to throw mostly catchable balls, and some other people have to catch them.  And I currently have no idea how that's going to happen.  

But yeah... we got a win.  Hooray.  But before you go high-fiving the rest of the room, remember that we have a quarterback who might be a whiner that didn't want to go back out and face a booing crowd, we have an expensive tight end we're not utilizing, and we have palsy-prone wide-outs who would make up a great practice squad for Indy or New England.

I know I'm a pessimist.  That's because I've been watching this team for the last eight years.  That was the least inspiring win I've seen in years.