After last week’s look at running back usage, I thought I should look at how the Titans used their other non-quarterback offensive “skill position” players.
Since outside of Kendall Wright they did not get any carries, I will begin with a chart.
Player Targets Overall Target % Active Target %
From 2002-05, there was no player Florida State looked to more often in short yardage situations than Tallahassee native and fullback James Coleman. Coleman finished his Florida State career with just a 2.6 yards-per-carry average, but scored seven touchdowns over his final two seasons including the lone Seminole touchdown in a 10-7 victory over Miami on Labor Day in 2005 to snap...
So, back before the regular season began, I wrote a bunch of things about the Tennessee Titans. Some of them ended up being relatively close to accurate. Others were quite inaccurate. Since it turned into a theme of sorts, I thought today I would look at my predictions for how the Titans would use their running backs versus how they actually did use their running backs.
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s season-ending 27-10 loss to the Colts:
Offense (60 total)
QB: Charlie Whitehurst 55, Jordan Palmer 5
RB/FB: Leon Washington 24, Shonn Greene 20, Bishop Sankey 13, Antonio Andrews 6, Jackie Battle 2
TE: Delanie Walker 58, Matthew Mulligan 17, Chase Coffman...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ground it down to any statistic, and the Tennessee Titans haven't been able to run the ball well at all this season.
They are assured of finishing without a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since 2005. They rank 28th in the NFL, averaging only 87 yards a game, and are 23rd averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Nobody has run for 100 yards in a single game with...
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December 23, 2014
2014 Week 17: Titans vs. Colts PreviewIt is the end of the 2014 NFL season. For you and the Tennessee Titans, this may be a good thing. In the Titans’ case, it is because their nightmare season can finally end; however, you may be on the verge of winning your fantasy football league.The New England Patriots are the only team into a playoff spot this season; therefore, 31 teams...
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 21-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars:
Offense (67 total)
QB: Charlie Whitehurst 67
RB/FB: Leon Washington 30, Bishop Sankey 23, Shonn Greene 14, Jackie Battle 6
TE: Delanie Walker 64, Matthew Mulligan 16, Chase Coffman 7
WR: Nate Washington 61, Derek Hagan...
Leon Washington at one time was the guy you wanted to watch every time he got his hands on the ball, but that's not the case so much anymore. He's not lightning in a bottle like he used to be, but he is still a capable return man/running back. H just needs a chance to prove it.He got just such a chance Thursday night against the Jaguars, and even got the Titans on the board first...
It was a dog of a game, subjected to national ridicule and promoted as little as any prime time game in recent memory. It ended up being one of the most competitive Thursday Night Football games of the season, within one score for most of the game and in some doubt until the final play, when the Titans failed to force overtime. In the end, the Jaguars walked away with a 21-13 victory...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst led the Tennessee Titans to a place they had not been all year - the end zone on their opening possession.
Whitehurst completed all six of his passes and capped an 84-yard drive with a 8-yard scoring pass to Jacksonville native Leon Washington as the Titans built a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Whitehurst is filling...
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December 18, 2014
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 16-11 loss to the New York Jets:
Offense (68 total)
QB: Charlie Whitehurst 43, Jake Locker 25
RB/FB: Shonn Greene 24, Leon Washington 24, Dexter McCluster 21, Bishop Sankey 12, Jackie Battle 10
TE: Delanie Walker 62, Chase Coffman 17, Brett Brackett 16
With a pair of 2-11 teams facing off at LP Field, it seemed like ugly football was on the menu. Ugly football was what the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets delivered. Contrary to what could have happened, though, it was a surprisingly compelling slopfest. Neither team led by more than five points at any time in the game, and it went down to the final play. The Titans had two...
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 36-7 loss to the New York Giants:
Offense (58 total)
QB: Zach Mettenberger 41, Jake Locker 17
RB/FB: Leon Washington 32, Bishop Sankey 24, Dexter McCluster 5, Antonio Andrews 2, Jackie Battle 2
TE: Delanie Walker 56, Brett Brackett 8, Chase Coffman 3
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 45-21 loss to the Houston Texans:
Offense (62 total)
QB: Zach Mettenberger 35, Jake Locker 27
RB/FB: Dexter McCluster 33, Bishop Sankey 21, Jackie Battle 5, Shonn Greene 4, Leon Washington 4
TE: Delanie Walker 54, Brett Brackett 12, Chase Coffman 5
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 43-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:
Offense (68 total)
QB: Zach Mettenberger 68
RB/FB: Dexter McCluster 26, Bishop Sankey 22, Shonn Greene 9, Jackie Battle 8, Leon Washington 8, Antonio Andrews 6
TE: Delanie Walker 49, Brett Brackett 26, Chase Coffman...
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in last night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Offense (40 total)
QB: Zach Mettenberger 40
RB/FB: Bishop Sankey 23, Jackie Battle 9, Dexter McCluster 8, Leon Washington 6, Shonn Greene 4
TE: Chase Coffman 30, Richard Gordon 21, Brett Brackett 3
WR: Justin Hunter 37,...
The Indianapolis Colts plan to sign veteran return specialist Joshua Cribbs, two sources with knowledge of the process told FOX Sports Ohio.
Cribbs, 31, flew to Indianapolis and worked out for the team last week but left without a contract. The Colts have not yet confirmed the signing.
Cribbs has been living near Cleveland, where he returned what was then an NFL record eight kickoffs...
2014 Week 11: Titans vs. Steelers PreviewAfter a bye week, the Tennessee Titans were expected to come back and put up a good fight against a struggling Baltimore Ravens team. Instead, they flopped with a score 21-7 (which would have been 28-7 if John Harbaugh had not taken mercy upon the Titans in red zone at the end of the game), after showing promise and good play in the first...
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 21-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens:
Offense (55 total)
QB: Zach Mettenberger 55
RB/FB: Bishop Sankey 32, Leon Washington 17, Jackie Battle 12, Shonn Greene 4, Dexter McCluster 4
TE: Delanie Walker 29, Chase Coffman 21, Richard Gordon 16
WR: Justin Hunter...
The Tennessee Titans had a perfect opportunity to pick up their third win of the 2 season in Baltimore against the Ravens, but let it slip out of their fingers. The Titans (2-7) drove down the field in the first drive, only to have running back Shonn Greene fumble on the goal line, giving the ball back to the Ravens (6-4), and he never stepped back on the field. The Titans took a...
The headline says it all. The Tennessee Titans came out and played most of a great first quarter. The offensive line in particular was very strong against a good Ravens front seven. For the first time all year, they looked like the strength of the team and one of the league’s best units. It wasn’t all sunshine-and-roses, as a Shonn Greene fumble at the goalline meant they didn’t...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are literally running into a problem with their offense.
So far, they haven't been able to run the ball effectively, and the offense hasn't stayed on the field long enough for any of the rushers in their running back-by-committee to really produce.
The Titans have only four touchdowns rushing with running backs scoring two of those. They...
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November 06, 2014
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Tennessee Titans lined up in yesterday’s 30-16 loss to the Houston Texans
Offense (61 total)
QB: Zach Mettenberger 61
RB/FB: Bishop Sankey 33, Dexter McCluster 18, Leon Washington 11, Jackie Battle 3, Shonn Greene 2
TE: Delanie Walker 58, Richard Gordon 7, Chase Coffman 4
WR: Justin Hunter 55,...
According to the NFL’s official player participation information, here’s how the Titans lined up in yesterday’s 19-17 loss to Washington:
Offense (56 total)
QB: Charlie Whitehurst 56
RB/FB: Bishop Sankey 35, Leon Washington 15, Jackie Battle 9, Dexter McCluster 6
TE: Delanie Walker 49, Brett Brackett 9, Chase Coffman 8
WR: Justin Hunter 54, Kendall Wright 41, Nate Washington...
It’s been four years since Tennessee has played Washington, or two head coaches ago for the Titans. Given the gap, and that I have the time, I thought it was worth an Enemy Intelligence just to see what this opponent actually looks like.
Last week, Washington lost to the Cardinals, 30-20 to fall to 1-5 on the season. They actually outgained the Cardinals. Bad field position and...