his post Sunday night that Young's pass to Troupe may have been overthrown. I thought so too, but only because Troupe appeared to slow down and loaf, resulting in a ball he had to jump for. He still had his hands on it, so it was a catchable ball.At a tailgate last Sunday morning, someone asked, "What's wrong with Bo Scaife?" I answered, "He's been hanging around Ben Troupe too long. Troupe is starting to rub off on him." Everyone laughed, probably because it was more sadly true than funny. Troupe and the other tight ends and receivers did not have a good day, nor did anyone expect them to. Just about everyone knew what the game plans for each team would be going into the Titans-Raiders game. Both teams wanted to run the ball and needed to stop the other from running. The final stats show the Titans more than doubled up the Raiders in rushing yardage. If only they had an aerial attack to complement it, they could have won easily. Justin Gage was the leading receiver with 19 yards on two catches. Vince Young's stat line is one I'm sure he'd like to forget: 6 of 14 for a whopping 42 yards, 0 TDs or INTs, for a 50.3 passer rating. In Vince's defense, throwing the ball all over the field was not part of the game plan, especially considering his quad injury. More telling was the lack of support from Vince's receivers. Ben Troupe, Roydell Williams and RB Quinton Ganther all dropped TD passes. Roydell's dropped ball was in a bad spot -- right between the 8 and the 6 on his jersey. It came right after another bad pass by Young, the one that hit Ganther right in the hands. The consecutive drops resulted in another red zone field goal rather than a touchdown. Tom mentioned in his comments following
Vince Lombardi supposedly told one of his receivers who dropped a pass, "You're a NFL receiver, right? Then it's your job to catch the ball, mister."
Madden wrote that when teams would make their final roster cuts, somebody might say a certain player should be cut. Another coach would then speak up, saying, "We can't cut him, he's our snapper." And so that player would have a job another year.