slider Posted August 15, 2015 Share Posted August 15, 2015 (edited) It's amazing what a couple of splash plays can do to change fans perceptions of a teams performance! I realize this was a vanilla defense with no game planning but outside of the two picks, the Titans only had 2 incompletions in 27 pass attempts.Mettenberger: 8/11 129yds. 1TD 1INT Mariotta: 7/8 94yds. 0TD 1INT Whitehurst: 5/5 39yds. 0TD 0INT Tanney: 3/3 38yds. 0TD 0INT Let's remember, this isn't Green Bay, it's Tennessee. Receivers were running free all night long. I know Trufant is out and Alford didn't play much but their tight ends caught 9 passes for 114 yds. against mainly linebacker coverage. Tennesee won almost every stat. The ZBS is going to take awhile to gel because last night they were god awful at run blocking the outside zone. Tennessee had the perfect cryptonite for the ZBS all night long....back side penetration. Falcons tackles and tight ends never stopped it. The league has limited the ability to cut block the back side in this scheme and I'm not sure how much that played into it but the back side DE single handedly destroyed the ZBS run last night. The only thing Shanahan could do to try to slow them down was the naked boot. That back side must get blocked or there will be no running game period.All that said, I saw a lot of the same individual improvements everyone else did and watching the replay in depth I think Starr, Maponga and Durant will make very big contributions to this defense this year. Team wise, there's a long way to go folks. Edited August 15, 2015 by slider Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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