The strategy to stopping a running QB also capable of throwing the football is either using a spy (usually a MLB or safety) or playing the edge defenders (DEs and OLBs) wide to keep the QB in the pocket. Often, teams mix and match between the two methods, and it is really effective if the dual threat QB being defended doesn't have a Pro Bowl WR that requires a double team (and no, Vince Young has never had that in Tennessee).
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On one hand, good TEs are harder to find in the draft than WRs. Justin Gage, Kenny Britt, and Nate Washington can:A) Make plays downfield in the passing game, stretching the field verticallyB) Block for Chris Johnson in the running gameAsk them to do anything more and they will struggle, but by going with a two TE offense, the Titans can put these guys, who are not to be confused with Wes Welker or Steve Largent, in roles they can succeed in.Best of all, this is a no gimmick scheme, or reinvention of football Instead, it is rather similar to the Jerry Rhome offenses. The Titans know this, because Jerry Rhome was Jeff Fisher's first offensive coordinator in Nashville. However, the Titans retained Rhome's basic philosophy, and it was with a two TE offense featuring Frank Wycheck and Jackie Harris that the Titans went to the 1999 Super Bowl.Unfortunately, Jeff Fisher ruined a good thing. He allowed the coordinator of that offense, Les Steckel, to make a lateral move to another team, and he also allowed TE Jackie Harris to leave in free agency (because Fisher wanted the cap room to sign defensive players).Furthermore, when Fisher replaced Steckel, it was with a guy who had absolutely no experience calling plays on the NFL level. That allowed Fisher to impose the "Eddie George up the middle for three yards" strategy.Later, when Fisher was forced to open up the offense to save his job, there weren't any good TE's left on the roster (even Wycheck was old and injured) and the Titans went to a three WR look.
Later, when that coordinator (Mark Heimerdinger) left Tennessee, Fisher hired Norm Chow and tried to go back to the three yards and a cloud of dust offense with various RBs, before being forced to fire Chow and bring Heimerdinger back.Heimerdinger still seems partial to his three WR offense, and will certainly go back to it as soon as the Titans demonstrate that they have three viable wide receivers.But if he would abandon what is essentially a Mike Shanahan offense designed for John Elway and adopt an offense that best suits Vince Young's ability, the Titans would have their best shot at winning a Super Bowl for the first time since falling one yard short in 1999.. Here is a quick look at ALL the Non-BCS Bowls coming up this year.I love this time of year:New Mexico Bowl:Wyoming vs. UCF- Apparently this is really a bowl, and it is NOT played in Russia.Rutgers is a tough team that likes to run.UCF is good at stopping it.Should be a good game, if you remember to tune in.Pick:Rutgers 24UCF 20R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:Southern Miss vs. California- This is one of the “prettiest” bowl games.Just don’t eat it.Cal at one point this season was ranked 6 in the nation, but has fallen on hard times.Utah was last seasons darling, and will look to upset another big conference team.Pick:Utah 35California 31Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:SMU vs. Nevada- This is SMU’s first bowl game since 1984, I was 5.Nevada has been a pretty good team this year, challenging Boise State for the WAC title.Don’t expect much defense.Pick:Nevada 38SMU 29Emerald Bowl:Boston College vs.
USC- I wonder if the crowd will bother USC Quarterback Matt BarkleyProbably not, he’s a gamer.The Trojans probably didn’t think they would be in San Francisco for a pre-2010 bowl game.Boston College is probably VERY happy with their showdown with USC.This could be a very good and physical game.Pick:USC 27Boston College 17Meineke Car Care Bowl:North Carolina vs. Pitt- Every participant in this bowl receives a free oil change and brake job as well as a nice trophy.You can’t beat that.Pitt is coming off a heart breaking loss to Cincy, and North Carolina is looking to get a win against a VERY good Pitt squad.Another good matchup.Pick:Pitt 24North Caroina 23Little Caesars Pizza Bowl:Ohio vs. Marshall- I wonder what they give out for the gift baskets to playersI would take the $5 pizzas they sell so well.I have a feeling this one will be one of the lowest watched games of the bowl season, overshadowed by the other games on the 26th.Pick:Ohio 27Marshall 23Music City Bowl:Kentucky vs. Clemson- Both teams get to spend time in one of the best cities in the nation.That isn’t bad.Clemson came close to playing in a BCS game while Kentucky got some pub this year for knocking out Tim Tebow.Clemson wins big.Pick:Clemson 40Kentucky 17Independence Bowl:Texas A&M vs.