Buoyed by a solid effort courtesy of the first-teamers, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Arizona Cardinals 24-10 in their nationally televised home preseason opener.
Vince Young played well, completing 9 of his 13 passing attempts for 128 yards while leading the team on a couple of impressive drives. Since it's the preseason, Chris Johnson's touches were limited (six rushing attempts) but per the norm, CJ's abilities were on full display via his impressive 8-yard TD run.
Up next...a few additional thoughts/observations regarding the stellar and not-so-stellar performances by the Titans last night.
The list of official inactives is out for the Titans, and includes the names you'd expect:
DT Tony Brown
CB Cortland Finnegan
DE Jacob Ford
WR Justin Gage
DE William Hayes
LB David Thornton
Kenny Britt gets the start at wideout for Justin Gage, while Dave Ball starts for Ford and Alterraun Verner gets the starting spot at corner that Ryan Mouton had last week.
Feel free to leave your comments here during tonight's game. I'll mostly be commenting on my Twitter page, so feel free to follow along there.
I thought I'd try a new gimmick: video breakdowns of plays. Detailed visual breakdowns of plays is something I've wanted to do for a couple years, but have never gotten around to doing. Consider these that debut, and more as proof of concept than as something I'll do going forward.
We conclude our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we approach the 2010 regular season with a look at the special teams. As was the case with the last two positions I wrote about, it'll be a mix of continuity and change from last offseason.
The continuity starts with one of the league's best placekickers in Rob Bironas. Bironas is coming into the second season of a four year, $12 million contract extension he signed in February 2009. He had his third consecutive excellent season in 2009, making 27 of 32 field goals, including an impressive 5 of 6 from 50+. The Titans ranked second in the NFL in FG/XP DVOA as measured by Football Outsiders, the third straight season they (read Bironas) has ranked in the top 5. He should be good again in 2010.
The one downside of Bironas' 2009 season was his average kickoff distance slipped 3.0 yards, from 67.2 to 64.2. The Titans' kickoff coverage teams were also mediocre, so the team as a whole slipped from league-average to among the worst in the NFL, and were a big part of the reason Titans' opponents had the second-best starting field position last year. Bironas is already 32, so the Titans might have to live with that shorter kickoff distance going forward.
Certainly, we're all familiar with WR Brandon Jones. The enigmatic receiver played his first few seasons in the city of Nashville, tantalizing us with his talents while simultaneously frustrating us with his inability to produce on a consistent basis.
In 2008, his final season as a Tennessee Titan, Jones had a breakout year of sorts, notching a career-high 41 catches for 449 yards and a score. Of course, Jones chose to sign elsewhere in free agency the following year, bestowing his John Hancock on a contract with San Francisco.
Brandon's days as a 49er didn't last long, as his lack of production (only one catch in 2009) eventually led to his release earlier this week.
Lo and behold, the Titans have been mentioned as one of the teams that are interested in signing Jones.