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Locker to Ignite the Run

The Titans hope to tap into a new run threat. It is not the running backs.

Look at Locker.

Several athletic quarterbacks have made teams like Carolina, Washington and Seattle very difficult to defend.

The Titans loved Locker for both his arm and his legs coming out as the No. 8 pick overall in 2011. He got  hurt in the season opener a year ago and ran only 41 times for 291 yards in 2012. Still, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry when he took off.

“He hasn’t really had time to show what he can really do, and I feel like this year he will,” Chris Johnson said of Locker.

“I’m really impressed by his mobility, his accuracy on the move that he has displayed in the preseason,” Tomlin said of Locker. “We have some concerns about containing him. Obviously, when you watch those plays both in the preseason and late last year, his mobility and his escapability is a part of that they do both by design and by ad lib. That is something you have to be concerned about if you are around defense.”

The Titans didn’t show much this preseason with Locker. He ran only seven times for 35 yards.

No one should expect for the Titans to insert running plays for Locker. In fact, the Titans coaches hope he does not have to run often.

Locker will make his 12th start for the Titans. He said he’s always looking for opportunities to run, especially if his receivers are covered down field. What to look for? At least run for 3 or 4 yards because his ability to scramble is an asset.
“You’ve got to use it when you have the opportunity to,” Locker said.

 

Pittsburgh Bound

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The Tennessee Titans should touchdown in Pittsburgh soon!

Titans and Steelers Injury Report

 

Here is the Titans and Steelers Injury Report!

TENNESSEE TITANS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS
TENNESSEE TITANS
Status Report
    OUT LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle)
    DOUBTFUL RB Quinn Johnson (quadricep)
    QUESTIONABLE LB Akeem Ayers (ankle), T David Stewart (calf)
Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle)
Thursday LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle), RB Quinn Johnson (quadricep), T David Stewart (calf)
Friday LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle), RB Quinn Johnson (quadricep), T David Stewart (calf)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Akeem Ayers (ankle), T David Stewart (calf)
Thursday LB Akeem Ayers (ankle)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Quinn Johnson (quadricep)
Friday LB Akeem Ayers (ankle)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Status Report
    OUT RB Le’Veon Bell (foot)
    DOUBTFUL TE Heath Miller (knee)
    PROBABLE RB Will Johnson (hamstring), LB Jarvis Jones (chest), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related)
Practice Report
    DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Le’Veon Bell (foot)
Thursday RB Le’Veon Bell (foot)
Friday RB Le’Veon Bell (foot)
    LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Will Johnson (hamstring), LB Jarvis Jones (chest), TE Heath Miller (knee)
Thursday RB Will Johnson (hamstring), TE Heath Miller (knee)
Friday DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (knee)
    FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday LB Jarvis Jones (chest)
Friday RB Will Johnson (hamstring), LB Jarvis Jones (chest)

Titans Players to Watch – Week 1 Steelers

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By Justin Bradford

Titans owner Bud Adams has made his expectations very clear this season—win. That’s why the Titans invested so much money into highly praised free agents Andy Levitre, Delanie Walker, Shonn Greene, and Bernard Pollard.

The Titans are fortunate to meet the Steelers at the beginning of their season as opposed to the end because teams are better prepared later in the year.

A victory against a quality opponent is a great way to ignite the Titans fan base and encourage the organization. Below are two players for offense and defense that will be the keys to victory if they play well, or reasons for the loss if they don’t.

Offense

Jake Locker. Jake Locker is heading into a critical season in 2013. Fans and the organization may lose patience if he doesn’t start emerging as a legitimate QB capable of getting this team in contention for the conference title. The Steelers have always been a strong defensive team, but have aged a little. They are still a threat, but easier to exploit than recent years. If Locker can be more accurate hitting his receivers, this will give Chris Johnson more running room and put more points on the board. If Locker becomes too indecisive, or jeopardizes his health in any way, the season will rest on the ever-inconsistent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Delanie Walker. The free agent tight end from San Francisco was a powerful weapon for Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick last season. While most defenses focused on Vernon Davis, Walker transitioned from a blocker and special teams contributor to a pass-catching match-up nightmare. Walker has the speed of a receiver, and the blocking ability of a fullback. The Steelers will have trouble matching up against him with Jason Worilds, Lamar Woodley, or William Gay. Walker has had problems in the past with receiving consistency, but could emerge as Locker’s favorite target.

Defense

Kamerion Wimbley. Steelers left tackle Mike Adams was repeatedly beaten last season against quality pass rushers. Wimbley could have a monster game forcing the team to send Heath Miller or Issac Redman to assist in blocking instead of receiving. The less weapons for Roethlisberger, the better. Wimbley should be able to beat Adams on most plays. The challenge will be containing Roethlisberger from running outside the pocket.

Bernard Pollard. Wide receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will face enough trouble against the Titans corners. Bernard Pollard, recently with the Super Bowl champion Ravens, has plenty of experience against his former division rival. His expertise will surely help the defense prepare, and his talent will be critical in forcing Roethlisberger to make difficult decisions. The longer the coverage can hold, the better chance of the Titans pass rush succeeding. Oh yeah, and he happens to be one of the hardest hitting safeties in the game. That should help as well. Expect the Steelers receivers to be cautious going over the middle.

Let’s see if the Titans can start their season with a great victory before taking on the division champion Texans in Houston for week 2.

Tennessee Titans Winning Keys

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There are several keys to defeating the Steelers.

1. Pressure Roethlisberger. He will pump fake. The Titans defense do not need fall for any of it. Stay on your man.

2. The Steelers look weak at Running Back. Make Roethlisberger throw down field. Do not give him any options.

3. It’s important for Tennessee to get pressure on the quarterback early in the game, setting the tone for relentless aggressiveness from the defense.

4. Stretch the Steelers defense with a long pass off of play action. A defense will often loosen up the blitz if you burn them once or twice with a long pass.

5. Use an effective draw play to fool the defense.

What does a Titan victory mean?

It improves Mike Munchak’s career record as a head coach to 16-17 and gives Jake Locker a 5-7 record as a starting Quarter Back. This game will be a good opportunity to show off our running game. The Titans can use this game to make their identity clear within the league.

 

 

Steelers Week!

As every Tennessee Titans and Houston Oliers fan knows it’s Steelers week!

These two team have a very rough and tough past. The teams first squared off against each other on September 20, 1970 with the Oilers defeating the Steelers 19 – 7.  The Steelers have the upper hand in overall series (regular & postseason): Steelers lead 44-31. In 2012, Rob Bironas made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Titans a 26-23 victory over the Steeler. The last-second field goal concluded a brief 33-yard drive that began after Shaun Suisham missed a 54-yard field goal that would have given the Steelers the lead with 49 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

 

1. What will be the biggest key for the Titans to stop the Steelers blitzes?

RUN THE BALL. Is smash and dash back? I think so. The Titans acquired Shonn Green from the Jets who is a very powerful, down hill,  Running back. I fully expect him to get all of the short yards and most of the goal line work. Green is a great compliment to CJ2K. With these two on the field that Steelers blitz will be slowed down.  You do not score on every running play and most of them are not pretty, but you will wear down a defense. Chris Johnson only needs 112 rushing yards to become the third player in franchise history to reach 7,000 career rushing yards, joining Eddie George (10,009) and Earl Campbell (8,574).
2. What will the Titans Defense look like with Gregg Williams?
Gregg Williams comes home to the Titans where he started his career in 1990. In his final season, the Titans ranked first in the league in defense and second in scoring defense. The Titans tallied 109 total sacks 1999-2000 and 40 takeaways in 1999. He brings the back the very physical defense that the Titans have been missing in years past.
3. How good can the Titans Offensive line be In 2013?
There was a lot of off season work done on the offensive side. Several veteran free agents who signed with the Titans as free agents during the offseason are scheduled to make their regular season debuts in a Titans uniform, including TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene, G Andy Levitre, and G Chance Warmack. Warmack can become the first Titans rookie offensive lineman to start Week 1 for the Titans since 2005. With all of these additions this offence is in a perfect storm. This year will be Lockers time to shine. Fans should expect BIG things.
I fully expect for this game to be a close one with old AFC Central Divisional fires still burning.  This is a must win for the Titans.
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