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Can the Titans survive in a QB league?

Anytime you win by 19 points on the road, you take that and run to the NFL bank, if you’re the Titans or any other team.

Chris Johnson has taken a pounding early this season for the Titans.

A 2-1 start is good, especially after last year’s 0-6 beginning. Now, the Titans get an average Denver team looming in Week 4 at home.

But there is cause for concern.

It’s pretty apparent that the tide has changed in this league. The trend for years has been how you don’t need a quarterback to win in the NFL. Just run the ball effectively and defend well and you have the recipe for success.

I think the time has come to toss that notion out the window. Leave Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Rich Gannon, and Rex Grossman alone.

Peyton Manning has had a 433-yard game and a 325-yard passing games this season, including throwing for three touchdowns in every game this year.

Matt Schaub brought the Texans back at Washington, while passing for 497 yards and three touchdowns in a victory.

Philip Rivers, of the Chargers, has passed for 298, 334, and 455 yards in three games, and has seven touchdowns.

Jay Cutler is having his best year as a pro, with his quarterback rating and 3-0 start, and a 372-yard passing game and six touchdowns on the young season.

The point to this is quite simple. When the Titans only attempt four passes in the first half of the Giants game, and finish with 16 total, the big picture should make you a little nervous.

The game plan for a 16-game season can’t be to only have your QB throw somewhere between 15 and 17 passes a game, and let your 200-pound running back (wink-wink) carry the load like he’s Jerome Bettis or Eddie George.

That to me has disaster written all over it, or should I say 8-8.

Even Kyle Orton, the outcast from Chicago, is bringing the Broncos to town Sunday while throwing for games of 295, 307, and 476 this season. While they haven’t been particularly successful this year, it’s not because of who’s under center.

The pounding of Chris Johnson has been evident thus far with every defense he’s faced.

Granted, he’s brought a lot of this upon himself. The proclamation of 2,500-yards this season and last year’s leading rusher in the league, does make No.28 a target.

Kenny Britt said as much after Sunday’s game. “We wanted to throw the ball around in the second half and open up the run game for CJ. “

I just think this team is going down a dangerous path if the playbook reads: Can’t turn the ball-over, VY should only attempt 16 passes a game, and pound your home run threat 30-plus times each week in the run game.

Today’s NFL says this: You'd better have a quarterback who can throw, if you plan on doing a lot of winning.

Ask the Saints, Colts, Patriots, and Cardinals.

  • CorchBlue

    Fisher does need to throw more passing plays in to try and reduce some of the pressure off of CJ, we are putting to much of a beating on CJ letting him running 25+ carries a game.

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  • Vince is ranked last in the league with 42 passing attempts while Manning and Brady are ranked in the top two with 128 and 126. this whole week, everyone has been talking about Vince and his decisions on and off the field. Still to this date, Vince and Cutler are still talked about in the same breathe. People say Cutler would be better than Vince here. I am unsure of that. Cutler has been surrounded by talented receivers year in and year out his whole NFL career. Now be honest, who is better Nate Washington or BrAndon Marshall? Cutler has thrown more interceptions than Vince. As fans, we don't know what Vince is asked to do. He basically is asked to be a game manager. His stats may not be great but he wins ballgames. He is our guy so people should be greatf. Looking around the league, what other Quarterbacks would be available to start for us? Trent Edwards?

  • TNfan15 said... (original post)

    Vince is ranked last in the league with 42 passing attempts while Manning and Brady are ranked in the top two with 128 and 126. this whole week, everyone has been talking about Vince and his decisions on and off the field. Still to this date, Vince and Cutler are still talked about in the same breathe. People say Cutler would be better than Vince here. I am unsure of that. Cutler has been surrounded by talented receivers year in and year out his whole NFL career. Now be honest, who is better Nate Washington or BrAndon Marshall? Cutler has thrown more interceptions than Vince. As fans, we don't know what Vince is asked to do. He basically is asked to be a game manager. His stats may not be great but he wins ballgames. He is our guy so people should be greatf. Looking around the league, what other Quarterbacks would be available to start for us? Trent Edwards?

    What makes this alarming to me is this, why do we think Vince is just a game manager?
    My belief, this coaching staff has ZERO confidence in him throwing the ball. They don't trust him.
    The league has proven over the last 4 to 5 years that you have to throw the ball to win. Indy, N.O., Arizona, N.E. and the Giants are all passing teams.
    The Jets are going to figure this out soon with Sanchez. If you can't throw in the NFL, teams will figure out how to beat you. Even Piitsburgh, who loves to run the ball and play nasty "D", can throw with Roethlisberger.
    If you don't trust your QB to throw in this league, you better cut bait and find someone who can.

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    DarrenMcFarland said... (original post)

    What makes this alarming to me is this, why do we think Vince is just a game manager? My belief, this coaching staff has ZERO confidence in him throwing the ball. They don't trust him. The league has proven over the last 4 to 5 years that you have to throw the ball to win. Indy, N.O., Arizona, N.E. and the Giants are all passing teams. The Jets are going to figure this out soon with Sanchez. If you can't throw in the NFL, teams will figure out how to beat you. Even Piitsburgh, who loves to run the ball and play nasty "D", can throw with Roethlisberger. If you don't trust your QB to throw in this league, you better cut bait and find someone who can.

    This is why I am hoping that Rusty works out well for us, instead of putting Collins in if VY ever gets benched, throw in Rusty for a few series.

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  • This is why I am hoping that Rusty works out well for us, instead of putting Collins in if VY ever gets benched, throw in Rusty for a few series.

    I really like Rusty, he's a great kid. But watching him everyday in practice, he's a looooong way from starting in the NFL. Great size and great arm but still very, very green. Hopefully, he'll get better sitting and watching. I know they like him, he needs a lot of seasoning though.

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  • The teeth gnashing regarding Vince is comical to me. Playing QB in the NFL is a zero sum game. Vince wins. He had a hiccup in his career but he's a winner and Fisher seems more apt to get in his way then to allow him to try to win ball games for the Titans.

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