Titans and Bears four-fold missions

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 1:00am

Titans four-fold mission

1. Harass, harass, harass. Whether it comes by blitzing or disguising coverages, the Titans defense will need to make it a long afternoon for Bears rookie Craig Krenzel, who is plenty smart, but is still being educated about life as an NFL quarterback. Still, he is 2-0, and the Titans will need to find ways to keep him off balance Sunday.

2. See what Brown can do. Chris Brown had a week to rest his turf toe injury during the bye, so he should be ready to go against a Chicago defense that surprisingly ranks just 23rd in stopping the run this season. If Brown has a big day, it will likely be a long afternoon for the Monsters of the Midway.

3. Test out the passing game. Steve McNair should be healthy enough to return to the starting lineup after getting two weeks off to let his bruised sternum heal. That means the Titans should check right away to see if McNair has the form he showed Monday night in Green Bay, the last time this season he was relatively healthy.

4. Use Hentrich as a weapon. The Bears have strong return units, and the punts and kickoffs of Craig Hentrich could prove to a huge tactical edge for the Titans in trying to neutralize Chicago

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