Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/21/12
Week 2 of the preseason is typically used for getting your starters around one quarter of playing time, and spending the remainder of the time evaluating the 90-man rosters which will soon be pared down to each team's 53-man roster in a few short weeks.

Both teams made an effort to go with what they hope will be each team's respective strengths — the running game.  After a slow start in preseason game one, Titans running back Chris Johnson got somewhat back on track with a pair of 14-yard scampers, both for a touchdown, capping off a 10 rush, 46-yard game.

The Bucs, taking advantage of an early interception by Ahmad Black returned to the 2-yard line of the Titans, scored the opening touchdown of the game with a jump ball to Mike Willams.  That early score represented all of the points the Bucs were able to attain.

The Titans, in an effort to get quarterback Jake Locker more playing time, gave him an extended look against the Bucs.  Evidentially, Locker showed enough against the Bucs defense to warrant naming him the team's starter for 2012 shortly after the win.

The Bucs on the other hand, have no quarterback controversy to quell.  Josh Freeman has seen limited action in the first two preseason games, and Bucs fans are salivating like a fat lady in the food court at the mall for Freeman and Jackson to hook up for the deep ball.  After all, that is what you go out and spend $55 million dollars for, right?

The Bucs have invested quite a bit to help improve this team in free agency, but they also have a rookie head coach in Greg Schiano.  To expect immediate returns on their investment would have been naive in years past, but expectations have changed in todays NFL.

Coaches like Greg Schiano are given all the tools they request, from ex NFL head coaches (Butch Davis), to ex Super Bowl assistants deserving shots as coordinators (Mike Sullivan).  Ownership spent over $140 million in free agency this year and I think it's fair to say if any of us made that kind of investment, patience would be a lost virtue for most of us.

The Dolphins are being aggressive as well, with Ryan Tannehill looking like he may well get the nod to start this season.  Coaches like Philbin and Schiano have to come in with aggressive, win-now mindsets.  Not because they want to, but because they know they have to.  A coach has two, maybe three years to turn even the worst teams around, so they have to make decisions that will make others scratch their heads, but it's for reasons few of them will piece together.

So Philbin is going to roll the dice with his young quarterback and Schiano is going to act like he already has his.  Schiano appears to be at a minor advantage with a somewhat stronger running attack and having a 4th year guy at QB whose career may well depend on this seasons success.

The directions both franchises are heading in has yet to be determined, but you can bet on this... They will approach this season decisively and aggressively, and let the chips fall where they may.

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