What We Learned Against Tennessee

JagNation looks back at the keys to the game and evaluates how it all played out.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

1. The Jacksonville Jaguars must make Vince Young beat them with his arm. Tennessee was able to run the ball on the Jaguars to the tune of 137 yards on 32 attempts. Young finished 12 of 22 passing, for just 110 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT's before leaving with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

2. Tackle well. The Jaguars missed more than their fair share of tackles, as rookie running back Chris Johnson looked like a Pro Bowler. Reggie Nelson, Rashean Mathis, and Clint Ingram were the main culprits.

3. Pressure Vince Young from the outside in. The Jaguars did a great job of limiting Young's rushing opportunities, as he scrambled just once for four yards. The Jaguars didn't record a sack.

4. Make plays in the passing game. Aside from a few strikes to Matt Jones, the Jaguars passing game was mostly non-existent. David Garrard was wildly inaccurate, and the offensive line didn't give him enough time to feel comfortable.

5. Protect the quarterback. The Jaguars get a D- in this subject, as David Garrard was sacked seven times. Although they technically gave up seven sacks, not all of those were the line's fault as Garrard held the ball for far too long.

Five things to look for:

1. Chris Johnson. The Titans rookie running back was better than advertised as he ran for 93 yards on 15 carries, and he caught three balls for 34 yards and a touchdown.

2. David Garrard. Garrard looked like the Garrard of 2006, as he was uncomfortable, inaccurate, and a poor decision maker. Garrard accounted for each of the Jaguars three turnovers.

3. Gregg Williams. Williams didn't disappoint as he dialed up plenty of blitzes, but he was defeated late when the Titans screened one of his blitzes to the tune of 44 yards en route to the clinching touchdown.

4. Vince Young. Wow! Young was terrible. Maybe even worse than David Garrard. The best thing for the Titans was Young going down with a knee injury, and they now have an excuse to go to Kerry Collins for an extended period of time.

5. Jerry Porter. DNP. Porter may have helped the Jaguars offense, but someone still would've had to get him the ball.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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