Aug 9, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (89) is tackled by Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) and Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) in the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans: Rain Making It Tough

Tennessee Titans are battling the Green Bay Packers and monsoon like rains at LP field tonight. If I were Coach Whisenhunt I wouldn’t waste my time looking at the game film of this mess.

Due to the conditions on the field, both teams have been limited on what they may have wanted to accomplish. These early pre-season games usually have a goal they want accomplished. That goal is usually something like establishing a tempo on offense, three and outs for first team defense, and to view the players that will round out the opening day roster.

Tonight it is quite obvious Coach Whisenhunt did not have this team prepared (tongue in cheek here). You would think that he would have had one of those planes that fights forest fires drop water on the practice field during situational practice, or have them walk into the Cumberland River and play a few series under water.

Seriously, there is not much to take away here. However, if you are a Titan fan you are extremely concerned about the defensive side of the ball. They have been terrible. From the opening kickoff from Bonani, which was returned for 40 yards, the Titans first team defense was on its heals. The Pack simply ran over them.

The 3-4 must be a work in process, because it looked like a 0-0. The defensive line of Jurell Casey, Sammie Hill, and Ropati Pitoitua were non existent. The linebackers were phantoms as well. I have no idea where they were. That group included Derrick Morgan, Zach Brown, Kamerion Wimbley. and Wesley Woodyard.

Honestly they just looked lost. I hope that is the case, and that they are still learning the 3-4 concept. Otherwise, it will be a long year. I am way more concerned with the linebackers than I am the defensive line. Those guys will figure it out.  In looking for a bright spot on defense, I think Michael Griffin, and Bernard Pollard will be special. I know that Hill and Casey will be fine, as well as Woodyard at linebacker. Just not so sure about the rest. Klug would play more if it were up to me.

If you are looking for a bright side on defense, the rookie from Penn State, DaQuan Jones, looks like he may have been a steal in the draft. That’s about it though.

The offensive side is different. I will give my opinion on the offense tomorrow, and it is a favorable opinion. However, I have to give a well done to Bishop Sankey who can flat run and catch, to Dexter McCluster who will be fun to watch, and to Charlie “Clipboard Jesus” Whitehurst for making me more comfortable as he is a very serviceable back up.

All in all the organization will learn more about what they have in the laundry service and field maintenance than what type of football team they will have due to this rain. Hopefully the next one will be more telling.

 

Let’s hope that both Colin McCarthy and Chris Spencer’s injuries were not serious. McCarthy’s did not look good at all.

 

 

 

 

Tags: Bishop Sankey Charlie Whitehurst Dexter McCluster Ken Whisenhunt

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