Quarterbacks a'plenty, but few Moss receptions as Titans fall

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 4:10pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins used a combined five quarterbacks Sunday.

None of them completed a pass to Randy Moss until fewer than five minutes remained. Only two, of course, had the opportunity, but Kerry Collins and Vince Young spread their first 16 completions around to six other targets in a 29-17 defeat at Sun Life Stadium.

“Our quarterbacks are throwing where the progression takes them," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "We had some open receivers. We had three or four balls deflected or [where] Kerry [Collins] was hit. If we catch those balls, maybe it is a different ballgame.

"If you get the right coverage, (Moss) gets the ball. If you don’t get the right coverage, someone else gets the ball.”

Tyler Thigpen, Miami’s third quarterback, put the game out of reach when he hit Anthony Fasano for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 5:26 to play.

Moss finally made a reception on the ensuing drive – a 26-yard gain on second-and-10 that gave the Titans a first down at the Miami 29. Young followed with two incomplete passes, got sacked and then threw an end zone interception with 3:18 to play and Miami ran out the remaining time.

"My number was called; Kerry went down so I had to go and try to win the game," Young, whose practice time during the week was limited by an ankle injury, said. "That’s what I tried to do."

Fasano led all receivers with a career-high 107 yards on five receptions. Tight end Bo Scaife was Tennessee’s top pass catcher with seven receptions for 51 yards.

The impact of Moss provided the expected boost for running back Chris Johnson, who gained 117 yards on 17 carries and scored the Titans’ first touchdown on a 17-yard run.

Johnson had a combined 125 rushing yards in the previous two games and was limited to fewer than four yards per rush in five of the previous eight contests. He had a 30-yard run in the first quarter, which was his longest in three games.

"It’s (Moss') first week; he just came in this week," Johnson said. "A little more practice, a little more work and we’ll get things together. ... once we play together and practice together more it will all stick like glue and we’ll be all right."

The score was tied at halftime, 10-10. but the Titans allowed 10 points in a span of 1:10 of the third quarter and trailed the rest of the way.

Following a field goal, the Dolphins capitalized when Young was sacked and fumbled. Miami recovered at the Tennessee 13. Two plays later Chad Henne threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Cobbs.

“It is hard to beat good teams – and that is a good football team," Fisher said. "... We had some opportunities. We gave up 10 consecutive points; we just couldn’t do much after that."

Collins started for the second time in three games but sustained a calf injury – without contact – on the final play of the first half. Young replaced him and went 9-for-18 for 92 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Collins completed just nine of 20 for 51 yards. He threw three passes to Moss. One resulted in a pass interference penalty for 34 yards and helped set up Johnson’s touchdown run. Another was on target but Moss was unable to hang on when he absorbed a big hit from a Dolphins’ defensive back.

Miami’s starter Chad Pennington lasted just two plays before he left with a shoulder injury. His replacement, Henne, was knocked from the contest with a knee injury in the final minute of the third quarter and was replaced by Thigpen.

"It was an unusual game," Fisher said. "They made a change as a starter and they are back to where they were before because of an injury after a series. It is kind of one of those things. Our situation speaks for itself. We have two good quarterbacks and they been spelling one another with this injury thing we have been dealing with over the last month.”

13 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 11/14/10 at 3:41

Wow, my 35-10 victory shows why I am not a big time better. I hope coach Fisher looks at the game film and then asks both quarterbacks why they hardly looked Moss' way. It looked like he was wide open both times. The defense has a harder time against 3rd string quarterbacks than against the starters. Then put it behind us and get ready for the redskins.

By: jwk6179 on 11/14/10 at 5:16

I knew the Titans were in for a long day when they had used 2 TIME OUTS in the first minute of the game. Who ever gave Jeff Fisher the information to challenge the fumble call by Bo Scaffie should be held accountable for that blown call. It was OBVIOUS by the replay that Scaffie had lost the ball before his knee hit the ground. The Titans have never played well in Miami, going back to their days as the Houston Oilers.

By: richgoose on 11/14/10 at 9:09

I have to laud Jeff Fisher for doing as well as he does considering the talent that Bud Adams allows him to purchase.

I am amazed every time the Titans win a ball game.

By: TITAN1 on 11/15/10 at 5:50

JW, I agree the two early timeouts were costly. The Titans have a good, competitive team but are inconsistent. I really want to know why Kerry and VY didn't even Randy Moss' way more. I think you have to use his talent..

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 7:26

The QB's suck on this team. That's a fact. Dinger's schemes are simple, easy to defend and it appears that the only time you can throw to Moss anymore is if it's 40 yards down the field.

They had two weeks to prepare for this game...

Don't worry, this is one of those strange years...an 8-8 team could win it all.

By: yucchhii on 11/15/10 at 8:21

HEY TITAN1: Maybe the quarterbacks resent Moss after having been SLAUGHTERED by the Patriots 59-0 in New England and Moss was a product of that! Why else would they NOT throw the ball to him if he was open? I think the Titans need some NEW players! If Belichick can pick the BEST players, why can't Fischer?

By: courier37027 on 11/15/10 at 10:37

Typical Titans season: barely scratch out a .500 record, off season draft more cornerbacks and safeties who play matador defense. Or on the rare occasion these defenders make contact the whistle has already blown. Add 15 yards for penalty.

By: lawyer006038 on 11/15/10 at 12:29

OK, haters, RMoss has been a Titan 2 weeks. How's he expected to know the playbook? The QBs cannot be expected to have a rhythm with a new receiver. It is a tough game every week in the NFL. The injuries are part of the game. Suck it up and support the Titans vs. the Redskins. Go Titans.

By: JohnGalt on 11/15/10 at 1:06

For that game and his one catch Moss was paid $400,000.

Not a bad payday.

By: gohomenow on 11/15/10 at 2:34

Some basic tackling drills would help immensively.
We went to the locker room at halftime with 1 timeout left and posession of the ball. Why ?

By: TheHunter on 11/15/10 at 3:55

"I was told by a reliable source that Titans QB Vince Young did miss treatment last week and Friday meetings. The feeling in the Titans building is that he is extremely unreliable. His work ethic will need to improve if he is going to turn his career around. Young has not endeared himself to teammates, who know the real story about his work ethic. He did not even try to work out before Sunday's game, just accepting his number two status. He then showed, when he had to play when Kerry Collins got hurt, he was more than capable. The Titans need Young to grow up fast, and stop making excuses." - Michael Lombardi - NFL Network Insider ... http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81c245b3/article/still-waiting-for-dominant-team-to-emerge-amid-surprises?module=HP_cp2

By: junglejim on 11/15/10 at 7:24

VY an Moss are two peas in a pod.....neither are worth what they are being paid. Everyone was wondering why moss wasn't thrown to yesterday...well bless my soul ....he only caught 1 of 4 so why throw to him ????? VY is worse than a 3 year old kid...if things don't go his way he's a little cry baby. Moss is the same.....lol... Bud needs to clean out the whole bunch and start over......losers

By: TITAN1 on 11/15/10 at 7:39

junglejim, are you a closet Hag fan?