According to the NFL's official player participation information, here's how the Titans lined up in Week 4.
Offense (67 total)
QB: Jake Locker 44, Ryan Fitzpatrick 23
RB/FB: Chris Johnson 45, Jackie Battle 22, Collin Mooney 21
TE: Delanie Walker 46, Craig Stevens 40, Taylor Thompson 8
WR: Nate Washington 56, Kendall Wrigh 50, Damian Williams 31, justin Hunter 14, Michael Preston 2
OL: Andy Levitre 67, Michael Roos 67, David Stewart 67, Rob Turner 67, Chance Warmack 67
Defense (65 total)
DE: Derrick Morgan 50, Kamerion Wimbley 25, Karl Klug 22, Ropati Pitoitua 22, Keyunta Dawson 12
DT: Jurrell Casey 47, Mike Martin 28, Antonio Johnson 22
LB: Moise Fokou 65, Zach Brown 52, Akeem Ayers 44
CB: Jason McCourty 65, Alterraun Verner 58, Coty Sensabaugh 45, Tommie Campbell 6
S: Michael Griffin 65, Bernard Pollard 65, George Wilson 22
Beau Brinkley, Zaviar Gooden, Colin McCarthy, Mike Otto, Darius Reynaud, Chris Spencer, Daimion Stafford, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson each only appeared on special teams.
After the jump, the analysis.
1. There was a lot of, if not pure garbage time, when some strong offensive conservatism and a defense that knew they were playing with a comfortable multi-score game, so some of what you see in the table is a reflection of that.
2. Chris Johnson's playing time was near the bottom of what I thought was the likely range for his playing time after Week 1. Dowell Loggains had suggested that he didn't see any particular problems with giving CJ 400 carries. To me, Battle's extensive playing time late suggests otherwise, or else maybe CJ won't get 400 carries if it means he finishes with 1187 yards.
3. Delanie Walker played less than he had in any prior game. The turf toe he entered the game with and seemed to aggravate during it contributed to that, obviously. His absence, however, did not result in more playing time for Taylor Thompson, who now has 21 snaps in the last three games after 25 in the opener.
4. No Kenny Britt meant a clear pecking order at receiver, with Washington and Wright the starters plus Williams the number three and Hunter and Preston playing very situationally.
5. Through the first quarter of the season, every offensive starting offensive lineman has played every snap on offense.
6. I present to you the DT and DE lines in this post as the Titans saying what I think is true, namely "We have two good defensive linemen, plus a bunch of rotational guys."
7. Jason McCourty is the only player to take every snap on defense.
8. Coty Sensabaugh v. opposing WR3 snap battle: 45 v. 40 for Ben Obomanu.
9. This is the fourth game of Tommie Campbell's career where he's gotten to play on defense. He also appeared in three games last year, in a similar situation late in the blowout win against Miami, as the fourth corner in the Green Bay game, and he got to play in the second half of the season finale against Jacksonville.
10. Unlike last week, the Titans did not seem to have any plays where they only played with 10 players on defense.
I think we will do better than 4-4 into the bye. We are a game a head of where I thought we'd be at this point and I believe we can beat the Chiefs and San Francisco without Locker.
I've never been as low as some folks were on Locker or as high as some have been over the last two weeks. I think he has more of an upside than Fitzpatrick but not leaps and bounds better. Where Locker clearly has a bigger--dare I say it--more accurate long ball, Fitzpatrick is better in the short passing game. A better short passing game could bolster the run game and prolong time of possession helping rest the defense even more; and this is the key to these 3 games--IMO--a well rested, chomping at the bit DEFENSE and a ball hogging, minimal turnover, game managing offense. Is Fitzpatrick capable of this? Yes, I think he has the skill set for this type of play and the smarts. He doesn't have the arm strength to be a gunslinger, though he sometimes tries to act the part and that's where his interceptions happen. The coaches and team leaders will have to reign him in and he will have to be self disciplined. If he is, I say we win 2 of the next 3 games.
Didn't safeties Pollard and Griffin play every snap on defense too? Not just McCourty.
What was your thoughts on the Locker hit? I felt Coples clearly "gave up" once Locker threw it but reengaged and dove at Locker after he saw Wilkerson knock him back. I also thought Wilkerson probably couldn't stop his momentum much more than he did but have a problem with him dropping his head to hit Locker instead of stumble into as the rule permits. Both guys should be fined and regardless $7,750 fines each can't make up for Locker being lost for half a season and even if he comes back can he pick up where he left off? Where will we be record wise when he returns, with 3 tough games coming up? These are my concerns given TN has a real chance of being 4-4 going into the bye. With Locker I still don't like us winning more than 1 of those 3 games, and think SF or KC would be closer games. Seattles defense is just to good right now and Lynch will be to dominate.