Pardon the delayed nature of this posting, but a trip out of town and more trouble posting than anticipated delayed coverage of Sunday's game. Here's your weekly report of the NFL's snap totals for the Titans.
Offense (64 total)
QB: Matt Hasselbeck 64
RB/FB: Chris Johnson 44, Quinn Johnson 24, Jamie Harper 10, Darius Reynaud 9
TE: Craig Stevens 40, Jared Cook 31, Taylor Thompson 18
WR: Nate Washington 51, Kenny Britt 44, Kendall Wright 30, Damian Williams 19
OL: Leroy Harris 64, Steve Hutchinson 64, Michael Roos 64, David Stewart 64, Fernando Velasco 64
Defense (61 total)
DE: Kamerion Wimbley 57, Derrick Morgan 56, Scott Solomon 7, Pannel Egboh 2
DT: Jurrell Casey 45, Sen'Derrick Marks 37, Mike Martin 29, Karl Klug 6, DaJohn Harris 3
LB: Akeem Ayers 56, Will Witherspoon 29, Tim Shaw 16, Zac Diles 9, Zach Brown 7
CB: Jason McCourty 61, Alterraun Verner 60, Ryan Mouton 53, Coty Sensabaugh 4
S: Michael Griffin 61, Jordan Babineaux 43, Al Afalava 18, Robert Johnson 12
Patrick Bailey, Beau Brinkley, and Kevin Matthews each only appeared on special teams. Mike Otto and Rusty Smith were not credited with an appearance.
1. I thought there was a trend before last week's Pittsburgh game, and after that, Chris Johnson is back to a more limited workload. He's now played no more than 50 snaps in 6 of 7 games. One thing I'll be keeping an eye on in rewatching the Buffalo game is how often the Titans used 7-man protections like they did last week, and if so who the back was. My guess is hardly ever, which meant they were comfortable putting Reynaud in on third downs, but we'll see.
2. This is the second week in a row Craig Stevens has played at least half the time with Jared Cook healthy after not playing much the first couple weeks.
3. The sort of wide receiver pecking order I was expecting at the start of the year is being established. I suspect Kenny Britt's health status is still affecting his playing time, but you have the two clear starters, Kendall Wright is your third receiver, and then a fourth receiver. I thought that might be Lavelle Hawkins rather than Williams, but apparently not.
4. The starting offensive line is the offensive line. This is not really a surprise.
5. The defensive ends have not been rotated outside of the San Diego game. Looking at snap counts around the league, I would rate this as somewhat unusual and probably not theoretically ideal.
6. My expectations for Karl Klug were probably as low or lower than anybody else's, but I'm starting to think even I overshot it. He's most valuable in sub package situations where the Titans are expecting a pass, but this is the third game the Titans have been in sub packages (nickel-plus) a lot and the third game where the sub package has really, really, really struggled in run defense. That makes it very hard to play a player as likely to get overwhelmed in run defense as Klug.
7. I must admit, I did not expect there to be a regular season game where both players were healthy in which Tim Shaw got more defensive snaps than Zach Brown. That goes double for snaps in sub packages. But that was the case Sunday, and while I'm perfectly fine with criticizing Jerry Gray, I don't think this decision is the right place to do that.
8. This is the third game Ryan Mouton has played at least 85% of the snaps (New England, Detroit). He also has two games where he played less than 25% of the snaps (San Diego, Houston).
9. Jordan Babineaux-sitting for performance or the wrist injury? Al Afalava was credited with 7 defensive snaps in the four games he was active prior to this one. The Robert Johnson experiment is really, really over.