CJ's 5 Keys vs. Titans
1. Contain Chris Johnson by minimizing the big, back breaking 10+ yard run gashes.
Our front 7 will need to put a huge emphasis on staying disciplined with their run fits and gap assignments but most importantly, do a good job of wrapping Johnson up to allow other defenders to rally to the ball.
2. Keep Vince Young in the pocket.
The edge rushers (Trevor Scott, Matt Shaunnessey, and LaMar Houston need to be aware of VY’s ability to get outside of the pocket, pull the ball down and pick up big chunks of yardage. This will require the DEs to be able to disengage from their blocker and force VY inside towards other defenders. Rolondo McClain will need to keep a vigilant eye on VY as well.
3. Find some semblance of a rush offense through a committee approach.
With Michael Bush questionable to play in the game, McFadden, Bennett, and Cartright will need to step up their games with an increased work load. Keeping the down and distance manageable will be dictated by the committee getting positive yards of 2,3,4,5 yards instead of getting stonewalled at the line of scrimmage.
4. Offensive Game Management
OC Hue Jackson and QB Jason Campbell need to devise and execute the game plan effectively. Keep the Titans pass rushers at bay incorporating the RBs & FB into the passing game with a variety of screens and delayed outlet passes.
5. Turnover battle, winning the field position game, and red zone efficiency.
The 3 elements above often dictate the difference between a win and a loss.