The most eyes are of course on the quarterback battle. Matt Hasselbeck started and put up some pretty mediocre numbers, 5-9 for 45 yards and two interceptions, including a pick-6 in the first 10 seconds. That one was a multiple-deflection, while the other one was a formation-based deep shot for Damian Williams that doubled as an effective third-down armpunt. Locker was more efficient, going 7-13 for 76 yards in leading the Titans to a field goal in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half
The supposedly-improved running game was difficult to find, as Chris Johnson managed only 8 yards on 5 carries. It sadly reminded me a lot of the 2010 preseason game against Carolina, where the Titans' difficulties running the ball presaged similar problems in the regular season. The Titans' offense barely moved the ball at all, save a few Hasselbeck passes to Washington and one to Cook, until the Seahawks took their first-team defensive line out of the game.
We'll have more on the Titans' performance this game, including an in-depth look at the things I indicated in my game preview, later on Total Titans.
That was ugly. I felt sorry for Hasselbeck. What a fluke play to start the game. Even though it was just preseason, I couldn't figure out a few things. First, why does CJ look so pathetic? Whether he is running or (attempting to) catch the ball, I can't believe how poorly he performs. He just does not look like an elite player anymore. Second, why did the defence just allow Flynn to throw completion after completion? He rarely threw the ball more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. That should have been easy to defend. I understand that the Titans might have wanted to play off coverage in their first preseason game, but surely even in a preseason game you adjust to what the offense is doing so your defence can get off the field. Third, where was the vaunted new pass rush? Thank heavens for Karl Klug, or else we would not have gotten any pressure of the Seahawks' QBs. As for bright spots, Colin McCarthey, Karl Klug and Zack Brown (in that order) looked awesome on defence. Kendall Wright made some nice catches on offence, even though he was out of position on a few plays. Locker looked pretty good as well. Give him a few more plays and the OK to run the ball (in a regular season game) and he could be a force out there. And I have a feeling that we are going to be seeing more of Ringer and Harper as the season goes along. At least they fight for yards.