Inside The Villain’s Venue: Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans
Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) pats Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew luck (12) on the helmet after the Colts won, 22-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports)
For this week’s edition of Inside the Villain’s Venue, we’re talking with Joshua Huffman, editor of Titan Sized. The Titans sit at 5-7 in the AFC South, but they can’t be completely dismissed as competition for the Broncos. We ask Joshua about the team’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the team’s horrendous play within the division.
Let’s get to know the Titans with Titan Sized.
Predominantly Orange: The Titans just can’t seem to get it done within the division. Why are they having such a hard time?
Titan Sized: The Titans can’t close games. They make dumb mistakes that always come back to bite them. Lack of stability at quarterback. Bad coaching decisions.
PO: QB Jake Locker was lost for the season with a foot injury. Do you see the season playing out differently with him?
TS: Maybe the Titans give the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss. That’s about it. Who knows what a win vs Kansas City would’ve done to the Titans’ psyche. Fitzpatrick played well against the Indianapolis Colts (Week 11) and Oakland Raiders (Week 12). Having Locker wouldn’t have made a difference in those games.
PO: The biggest strength and the biggest weakness of this Titans team is _______?
TS: Strength: Probably the cornerbacks. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty have both played very well. Having an improved pass-rush has helped them. Coty Sensabaugh has made plays as a nickelback. Looking forward to seeing who covers Wes Welker and how Sensabaugh handles his assignment.
Weakness: Pass protection and inconsistent quarterback play. Offensive tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart are getting older. The interior hasn’t gelled together as quickly as some fans would’ve preferred. This includes free-agent addition Andy Levitre along with rookies Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke.
PO: You’ve seen plenty of Peyton Manning over the years when he was in the AFC South. How do you think the Titans will try to stop him?
TS: Get pressure with the front four. Implement a ball-control offense that keeps him off the field. Don’t forget that Gregg Williams is in his first season as a senior defensive assistant. He was the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator when they defeated the Colts in the Super Bowl.
PO: Finally, your prediction for Sunday’s contest?
TS: Broncos enjoy a double-digit victory. Bad weather could help the Titans, however. That depends on how well they can stop Knowshon Moreno or any of their running backs.
Joshua Huffman is the editor of the Tennessee Titans fan blog Titan Sized and a project manager at Pro Football Spot.
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