Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee Titans’

Reviewing the Tennessee Titans 2009 Season

April 20, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 13: Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass the football in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at LP Field on December 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

I must apologize for those who have been following my season review series. I obviously haven’t kept up with it for a while (due to general busyness and a little laziness recently), but here is the next installment.

After finishing at 13-3 in 2008, good for best in the NFL, the Tennessee Titans started out a with a shocking six straight losses in 2009. By their week 7 Bye Week, their season appeared to be over, and owner Bud Adams had seen enough of Kerry Collins. With that, Vince Young got his chance to take back the starting QB position, and he didn’t disappoint. With Young starting, the Titans won their next five games, and 7 of the next 8 before a Week 16 loss to the Chargers finished off their playoff hopes. Despite the disappointing 8-8 record, the team and their fans must feel pretty good about Young’s development and maturity after the concerns from his behavior in 2008. With that said, let’s take a look at how the Titans performed with respect to their competition’s season averages.

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Vince Young May Turn out to be a Franchise QB After All

December 14, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 13: Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass the football in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at LP Field on December 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

About this time last year, I thought it was quite possible that Vince Young’s days in Tennessee were numbered. Despite having a winning record as a starter his first two seasons, his passing was poor and appeared to be trending downward. When he was injured in game 1 of the 2008 season, he lost his starting position due to a combination of immature actions/ statements and the fact that the Titans just kept winning with Kerry Collins as the starter. When Tennessee re-signed Collins this offseason with the understanding that he would be the starter, it definitely seemed that Young’s chances in Nashville were slim. Now, following a disastrous 0-6 start, Young regained his starting position and the Titans won 5 straight before losing to the Colts last week. He started this past weekend, and had good numbers but a pulled hamstring in the second quarter sidelined him for the rest of the game. Because of the excellent record that the Titans have had since Young’s return, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at his numbers from his first two years and compare them to what he has done so far this season. I wondered if he really was performing at the high level that his 6-1 record as a starter this year would indicate.

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Reviewing the Pittsburgh Steelers after a Quarter of the Season

October 6, 2009
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 4:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws the ball in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field on October 4, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 4: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws the ball in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field on October 4, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

So far this year, there has been a lot of discussion among Pittsburgh Steelers fans about why the team has not been able to put teams away when they’ve had the chance. In only one game so far have they outperformed their opponents in the 4th quarter, and that was in week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans outplayed them for most of the first three quarters, but as they did in so many games in 2008, the Steelers fought back and clawed out a tough win. Since then, though, Pittsburgh has been outplayed in the 4th quarter of every other game, with the worst performance coming in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. I commented on these issues in my Around the NFL post, but I wanted to take a more detailed look at what the team’s statistical performance looked like. In this post, I will review the Steelers’ per game statistics to this point in the season compared to their numbers from last season. Since there seems to be much debate as to who is at fault for the two losses, I thought it would be worthwhile to compare the performance of each unit. All statistics come from Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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Checking the Numbers: Titans-Jets Game

September 28, 2009
Tim Larsen/Associated Press

Tim Larsen/Associated Press

On Sunday afternoon, the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets played in a game where the roles most expected coming into the season were reversed. The Jets were 2-0 coming in, while the Titans were 0-2 in much need of a win. The Jets won another close game, but how did each team look compared to what we would expect statistically? As I have done with several games in this season, here I wanted to look at this game from my own analytical perspective.

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Checking the Numbers: Steelers-Titans Game

September 13, 2009
Stefan Logan's opening kickoff return (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Stefan Logan's opening kickoff return (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

This past Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans matched up for what turned out to be a game with a playoff feel to it. Both teams fought hard, with the type of hitting usually reserved for Steelers-Ravens games. It wasn’t a pretty game on either side. Both had their chances and missed on some of them. In the end, the Steelers prevailed, overcoming a game where they lost the turnover battle and were outplayed badly at times. There are plenty of recaps out there reviewing the game, but here I wanted to look at this game from my own analytical perspective. (more…)