Pardon the belated nature of this post, but life has an annoying tendency of getting in the way of the rest of life.
I made my annual pilgrimage to LP Field for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, and as I normally do I tended to write a post based on what I saw. Sadly, the rain prevented me from engaging in my occasional OCD-like note-taking habits, and I ended up soaking in the game experience similar to the way I do on most Sundays before beginning the important analysis with a re-watch. Further, one of the things I found valuable about going to games is getting a perspective you couldn't get from the TV film. With the all-22 now available (and I have been watching, though I haven't been writing about it), seeing Michael Griffin regularly line up 15 yards or so off the line of scrimmage was not news the way it at least sort of would have been in 2007. I still did notice some things, though.
I was going to write a post about the Tennessee Titans offense based on what I saw against the Chiefs, but it turns out I've already written that post. Twice. I first wrote that post in December 2011, after I attended the game in Indianapolis they lost to the theretofore winless Colts. I wrote a roughly similar post in December 2012, though that one I couched more about Jake Locker than about the offense as a whole. On balance, though, the point was the same, that the Titans offense looked fundamentally broken. I noted this piece on Twitter yesterday, but according to STATS ICE metrics the Titans' running game/offensive line this season has been just as ineffective as it was over the course of last season. This was not supposed to happen, not after they paid Andy Levitre $46.6 million and drafted Chance Warmack with the tenth overall pick. Yet, it has.
I suppose it's now incumbent upon me to say something about Chris Johnson. What I wrote in November 2011 is still true; yes, he's stopped doing the asinine, horrific, and completely inexplicable things he did at times in 2011, but fundamentally those were not why I said I was done with him. He's still a back who is dependent on the quality of the blocking in front of him to gain yards. Dowell Loggains has been asked in his press conference about getting CJ to the second level; that's completely insufficient. He's just as much solely a function of his blocking at the second level as he is at the first level.no comments