So basically this was like the 1960s Green Bay Packers "Five Blocks of Granite'' the pats defense knew what was coming, but couldn't stop it. The titans O-line and coaching are that good. That did occur to me while i was watching the game.A few things ...
Tennessee was committed and fired up for this game. Most teams have pride and heart. Especially top tier teams and Tennessee has been knocking on the door for a while now. They definitely have a ton of attitude about them, coached by Mike. They won't lay down despite circumstances. Sometimes you know teams are going to give you they're best. And under different circumstances too. They could be dealing with crazy injuries like the Titans and have their back against the wall. Sometimes that's the most dangerous animal, a wounded one.
They wanted to show they are more than Henry when it comes to running the ball.
This game was all about their OL, WR, TE & FB blocking - showing off what they can do despite not having the big names. Their two backs ran it 31 times for 240 yards. They put a lot on the OL & secondary blockers and they all responded. They heard all the "King Henry" talk and what not. And at least last week took it personal. Their OL is very talented and does a lot of things well. Stretch - outside, power - duo, inside zone. Talented, versatile and physical. They showed up the other day.
Their interior stood out to me. Both working the los and second level. They took us out the play or reset the line but also made several nice blocks in space 2nd and 3rd level.
When they attacked us on stretch plays, they did a good job sealing off our big boys nicely inside. Turning them around and just walling them off. Pullers did a good job locating and hitting their targets in space.
WR's, TE & FB were all very good too. I'm sure they were all great but all those guys stood out. They took out our edges (Judon/KVN) at times with WR/TE and really let their guys get in space too easy. We couldn't get off our blocks up front, turned around or just got washed out the play. That was a big issue all game. We couldn't penetrate or reset the line.
The big run at the end of the half was us caught with bad personal on the field. Barmore tried jumping the snap and got washed out the play. We had Judon and Wise on the edge. Wise was up field in a second and out the play. Their guards took out HT & KVN and the back had an easy read. As we had a light box. Phillips kind of over shot the play and Dugger wasn't in position.
They're a good running team and took it personal, needing a win after the week before. Exploited us in some ways with numbers, in the running game for example and were just more physical up front. Both their lines came to play.