Titans’ Sixer: Eagles deserve thanks for not blocking Jones
After a controversial two-week hiatus, the Titans’ “Sixer,” a six-pack of things I believe I learned about the team, returns. Herewith “the Sixer: Good Karma” edition on the 37-19 home victory over the Eagles the pushed the Titans to 5-2:
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=jason+jones+titans&iid=7100111″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7100111/tennessee-titans-san/tennessee-titans-san.jpg?size=500&imageId=7100111″ width=”234″ height=”158″ /]1. DT Jason Jones made the play of the game, or the Eagles offensive line did. Jones said “no one even attempted to block me” on the third-quarter play in which he forced a fumble by Kevin Kolb, getting to the Eagles QB just as he was attempting to hand off to LeSean McCoy. How do you not account for a 6-5, 276-pound defensive tackle? Rookie CB Alterraun Verner (all 5-10, 187 of him, which probably are both lies anyway) somehow recovered in the scrum at the Tennessee 3. Instead of Philadelphia going up 23-7, the score remained 16-7 and the Titans drove for a field goal to make it 16-10. “He (Verner) is like a little ferret,” DE Dave Ball said. “There’s a hole he dug into and came up on the other side and he was able to grab it.”
2. The 12-game winning streak against the NFC is odd, but it’s no fluke. Every Titan I’ve asked about the streak attributes it to the preparation the coaching staff does for an unusual opponent. “I don’t know what it is about the NFC,” FB Ahmard Hall said. “The staff does a great job of preparing us for guys we’re unfamiliar with.” I’ve heard that refrain so often from so many different players that it almost makes me wonder if the Titans don’t prepare enough for familiar opponents, relying too much on their prior knowledge.
3. Club Karma is aptly named. How else do you explain WR Kenny Britt’s performance? Britt comes up with seven receptions for 225 yards and three touchdowns less than 72 hours after being involved in an altercation at the downtown nightspot. Jeff Fisher said he considered not playing Britt but didn’t have enough information on which to base a decision. So he held Britt out till midway through the second quarter. The coach said he still may discipline Britt, if the facts warrant. As for me, I’ll be at Club Karma all week to see if I can change my luck.
4. Kerry Collins remains a nice backup to have. Collins again showed why the Titans kept him around, even at his hefty price tag. He passed for 212 yards in the second half, most of it to Britt, to bail out the Titans after a mediocre first half that saw them trailing 13-7.
5. No one should be happier to see Kenny Britt’s emergence than Chris Johnson. Britt now has at least one TD reception in each of the past five games. If he can stay out of the clubs he gives the passing game the most serious threat it has had in the Jeff Fisher era. That should only create room for Johnson, who was stuffed Sunday by the Eagles, limited to just 66 yards on 24 carries.
6. DE Dave Ball, who had the Titans’ only sack Sunday, is emerging as the nutty-quote go-to guy. Witness this gem he gave Sportsinthe615 Sunday regarding the Eagles: “They’ve got a really good scheme to protect the quarterback. Some plays it’s like running through a hedge maze. You’ve got a clown popping out on the right side, a BMW on the left side. Then you have to run over the sprinklers. It’s hard trying to get there.”