Well, we certainly learned a lot about the Titans in their preseason debut against the Seahawks Saturday night. They certainly have a lot to work on.
Starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a rough start in his return to Seattle, where he played nearly a decade for the Seahawks. He threw two interceptions in the first two series of the game. Jake Locker followed, finishing out the first half by completing seven of 13 passes for 80 yards. Chris Johnson continued his 2011 path by being a no-show in the game. After making another media snafu this week by saying he could beat the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt in the forty-yard dash, more attention than necessary was being directed his way. He dropped three passes and ran for a disappointing eight yards on five carries. Titans fans were treated to the NFL debut of rookie wideout Kendall Wright, who finished with a team-high three catches for 45 yards.
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There were definitely some positive notes on the defensive side of the ball. Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy intercepted Seahawks QB Matt Flynn in the second quarter. Six-year linebacker Zac Diles was also able to get his hands on a QB Russell Wilson ball, turning into one of the biggest defensive plays of the game. Second year defensive tackle Karl Klug was able to sack Flynn in Seattle’s first offensive series, and fellow second year defensive tackle Zack Clayton sacked Flynn in the second quarter.
The good news about Saturday’s game was that it was, well, the first game of the preseason. There is so much more time to improve for the Titans, and boy, do they need it.