If Vince Young doesn’t play, the Eagles won’t be upset by it. Young, who will probably be a game time decision, would present more problems for the Birds because of his ability to escape from pressure and beat you with either his legs or his arm.
He has grown as a quarterback and seems to have a much better understanding of coverages, than he had in the past. He knows his role on this football team and doesn’t make foolish, risky decisions with the football.
The Titans play an old-fashioned hard-nosed brand of football. They try to force you into making mistakes while they play ball control football.
Young is doing a great job of taking care of the football, taking what defenses give him and getting the ball to his receivers. The former Texas Longhorn is completing 61.4 percent of this throws and has thrown only three interception.
Teams make stopping Johnson their number one goal, so Young isn’t facing defenses that are designed to stop the pass.
He is very effective when it comes to keeping drives going. Young will get the first with his legs or his arm.
They can’t let Chris Johnson get going because that will open up things for Young on bootlegs and other play action passes.
This allows Tennessee to control the ball and keep the pressure on the opposing team’s defenses.
If Young doesn’t go then former Penn State great Kerry Collins will get the nod. He’s as big, tough, strong-armed and disciplined quarterback.
A couple of years ago, Collins led the Titans to a 13-3 record in the regular season. He knows how to take care of the football while giving his receivers chances to make plays.
Next to the Eagles, this might be the best starter and backup quarterback duo on the league. Like the Birds QB’s, these two have proven that they can win in this league.
Their receivers have great size and toughness. This group, to a man, knows how to catch the ball and take a big hit. They refuse to be intimidated.
The key to stopping both Young and Collins is keeping Johnson under wraps. They do a lot of their damage on play action fakes, which freezes defenders because they’re so focused on stopping Johnson.
I don’t expect Young or Collins to be able to put the Titans on their shoulders and carry them to victory. They need help from Johnson.
I want the Eagles to be alert for screens to Johnson. Letting Johnson out in the open field would be a nightmare for the Birds.
Somebody tell cornerback Ellis Hobbs that the Titans will take at least deep shots at him.