Three reasons to be happy
1. The Titans are still in the playoff race. Yes, they have lost two winnable games in a row. But at 5-4, Tennessee is only a game out of first in the division and still in the hunt for the postseason. Having five division games left is a good thing. The Titans need to win four of them if they fancy themselves as true contenders.
2. Randy Moss seemed OK with his role. He didn't make the big splash everyone had hoped for (one catch for 26 yards), but Moss said he wants to improve his blocking and wants to help the Titans win. The Titans need to hope he stays that way. Better yet, they need to find ways to get him the football more, so he can be the playmaker he has been in the past.
3. The running game looked good. Chris Johnson had one of his best games of the year Sunday, and the Titans said that Moss' presence helped open up some rushing lanes. Now, they have to take advantage of it.
Three reasons to be concerned
1. The defense struggles when turnovers and sacks don't happen. Jeff Fisher pointed to too many third-and-shorts as a reason for the Dolphins 9-for-17 conversion rate. Worse yet, the Dolphins passed for 323 yards with three quarterbacks who don't exactly evoke memories of Dan Marino. Something has to be fixed or some adjustment has to be made, because the defense is proving to be a liability when it can't blow up a play with a sack or turnover.
2. Vince Young needs to step up. Young's play has been good, for the most part. He was inconsistent Sunday coming off the bench, but the question lingers as to why he didn't start. He looked very mobile in the second half, good enough to have started. It is high time Young took over on-field ownership of this team and that starts by being under center at the start of the game. VY needs to ask himself – What would Steve McNair have done?
3. There is no safety net behind Young. If Young can't stay on the field and play through the pain, the Titans find themselves in dire straits for the next few weeks with Kerry Collins sidelined with a calf injury. Unless the Titans re-sign Chris Simms, the next guy in line is raw rookie Rusty Smith, who has a big arm, but is certainly the most unproven of commodities.