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Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-29

Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-29

--QB Kerry Collins got a chance to take the game into his hands Monday night as the Colts were stacking against the run by using a four-linebacker set for a good part of the game. Collins responded, hitting 24 of 37 passes for 193 yards. He was 6 of 8 for 55 yards on Tennessee's key fourth-quarter touchdown march that made the score 24-14.

--DE Dave Ball suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff and did not play a single snap on defense, where he was scheduled to start in place of injured Kyle Vanden Bosch.

--RB Quinton Ganther, a key special teams player, was down for several minutes because of a concussion and did not return to the game.

--RB LenDale White continues to have a nose for the end zone. Despite having just 13 yards on 10 carries, White managed two touchdowns Monday night and now has an NFL-leading 10 scores in seven games.

--SS Chris Hope was the only member of the Titans secondary not to have an interception -- until Monday night when he picked off Peyton Manning twice, once in each half. Hope's two interceptions gives Tennessee 12 in seven games.


PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Kerry Collins took charge when he had two. After a couple of breaks on tipped balls that were dropped by defenders in the first half, Collins was calm when it counted. He finished 24 of 37 for 193 yards and completed passes to nine different Titans Monday night.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The yards were decidedly hard to come by as the Colts employed a four-linebacker set for a good part of the game, forcing the Titans to go to the air. Tennessee had only 88 yards on 31 carries, and the Titans' longest run from scrimmage was Chris Johnson's 16-yarder that provided Tennessee with its final touchdown.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- If you had told the Titans they would play without Kyle Vanden Bosch and his backup Dave Ball and not record a single sack of Peyton Manning, most would have taken that as bad news. Instead, the Titans kept the Colts' big gains to a minimum and essentially took away Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. The only breakdowns were routes over the middle to tight end Dallas Clark that gave Indy two touchdowns.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Titans pride themselves on stopping the run and did so when it counted most. Dominic Rhodes gashed them for 70 yards on 17 carries, but linebacker Stephen Tulloch turned all that around with a big fourth-down stop near midfield against Rhodes.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- Rob Bironas tied Al Del Greco's team record of 20 straight made field goals with two kicks in the first half. However, he missed from 43 yards on his next try but redeemed himself with a 48-yarder in the second half that gave the Titans the lead for good.

COACHING: A -- The defensive line did a great job for having just six players available after Kyle Vanden Bosch's injury and losing Dave Ball on the opening kickoff to a concussion. But the best adjustment coaching-wise goes to Mike Heimerdinger and the offense, who strayed from their usual run-first mentality and allowed Kerry Collins to attack the Colts by taking advantage of an extra-linebacker set and Indy's crowding of the box to stop Chris Johnson.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 29, 2008

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