When the Titans showed up to the gun fight on Sunday at LP Field, they were carrying a water pistol.
By contrast, Pittsburgh set the tone on the opening kickoff, that its bullets were real. When Mewelde Moore fielded Rob Bironas’ kick, then handed it off to Antonio Brown, and 89-yards later, and 14 seconds in, the Steelers were in town to capture a W.
“It was a well designed reverse and scheme based on what we had seen, the return man actually went to our right and then wheeled back around. They knew he was there, they expected to see him come to the left, when they saw him go to the right they assumed it was not a reverse; he was just a lead blocker. Never the less, there are lanes, there are responsibilities, there is contain, (Ryan) Mouton was unblocked. He should have been tackled on the 15 yard line, so it was well designed and schemed well and executed well,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday.
With a great punt return by Marc Mariani of 38-yards, the Titans had hopes of erasing the start of the game and taking their first lead. With under six minutes to go in the first quarter, trailing 7-3, Vince Young targeted Nate Washington in the end zone, but instead found some guy wearing No.43, with big hair, picked off the pass.
Vince Young, meet Troy Polamalu.
“You look around the league ,there were some tough times yesterday by some really good quarterbacks. The position is hard to play. I am not disappointed in him [Young] or his development or his path or anything like that,” Fisher added about the interceptions. Prelude of things to come.
All in all, Sunday was about mistakes and missed opportunities. Three interceptions, seven fumbles (four lost), an 85-yard TD negated by a holding call, a pick in the end zone, and 46-yards rushing as a team.
After his third and final turnover, it became Vince Young, meet the bench.
“I don’t see that happening again. If it does, I’ll make the appropriate decision at that time. But Vince is our starter, I said that yesterday, he’s our starter,” Fisher said. “I said yesterday he’s starting next week, and that doesn’t mean he is starting just this week, he’s our starting quarterback. We’ve moved on.”
Moved on. Really?
For a quarterback who has had a history of maturity issues, confidence issues, and leadership issues, we are now led to believe that everyone in the organization has moved on from yesterday. Like nothing happened and the past is in the past. Just like that.
It’s starting to sound like Mark McGwire testifying in front of Congress over at the Titans facility.