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Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30

Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2008-12-30

--C Leroy Harris started and played the entire game in place of injured Kevin Mawae against the Colts on Sunday. Mawae was out because of an elbow injury suffered against Pittsburgh the week before.

--TE Alge Crumpler was in uniform Sunday but did not play at all in the Titans' loss to the Colts. Crumpler was one of a handful of veterans rested the entire game.

--TE Craig Stevens caught a nine-yard pass from Vince Young Sunday for his first NFL reception. Stevens, a third-round pick from California last April, has been used mostly as a blocker and backup to Crumpler and Bo Scaife.

--RB Chris Johnson was deactivated for Sunday's game and finished his rookie season with 1,228 yards on 251 carries. Johnson said he was not nursing any injuries, but was held out as a precaution for the playoffs.

--DT Amon Gordon forced a fumble by the Colts' Lance Ball at the goal line in the second half of Sunday's game, but Indianapolis offensive lineman Jamey Richard fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.


PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Kerry Collins completed one pass for no yards before heading to the sideline after one series. Chris Simms completed one pass for seven yards. In between, Vince Young was 9 of 13, but had only 55 yards passing as the vertical attack was non-existent. A 13-yard Young to Brandon Jones pass was the longest pass of the day.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The Titans managed a respectable 83 yards on 18 rushing attempts, but spread the rushing yards around several ways. Quinton Ganther led the way with only 27 yards rushing, including a 13-yarder that was the long run of the day.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- Peyton Manning played one series against them and was perfect, 7-for-7 for 95 yards and a 55-yard TD pass to Joseph Addai. On top of that, Manning had a perfect passer rating. Backup Jim Sorgi looked much more polished than either of the Titans backup quarterbacks on Sunday.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- Sure, backups played most of the way, but the Titans allowed the Colts, whose rushing attack this season has been terrible at times, to go for 121 yards against them.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- There were no long returns given up and no long returns by the Titans either, but Rob Bironas missed the Titans' only scoring chance of the day when he could not connect on a 48-yard field goal attempt.

COACHING: I -- Jeff Fisher and the coaching staff get an incomplete. Why? Because, Fisher said the approach of resting players and taking a casual approach to the game would not affect the Titans' momentum in the playoffs. Check back in two weeks after the divisional round to see whether or not that was the right move. Then, the final grade on that decision will be in.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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Bo Scaife Name: Bo Scaife
Position: TE
Age: 27
Experience: 4 years
College: Texas
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