Titans four-fold mission

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 1:00am

1. Play Billy Ball. There is a good possibility that Billy Volek will make his first NFL start Monday night in place of injured Steve McNair. Volek did fine coming off the bench vs. Atlanta, but now will have the added obstacle of having an opponent game plan to stop him. Tennessee must make sure Volek is schooled in the Jets defense and has plays in the game plan that play to his strengths and comforts.

2. Clean up the mess. Jeff Fisher made it a point Monday to address the sloppiness in all three phases of the Titans' first quarter in Atlanta, where Tennessee fell into a 21-0 hole. Fisher said the penalties, missed tackles and poor execution must be corrected this week.

3. Keep on running. Eddie George pounded the lowly Falcons for a season-high 115 yards Sunday, and with McNair out and/or limited, more of the offensive burden now shifts back to the running game and the offensive line, which was up to the challenge in Atlanta. It should help that the Jets have the worst run defense in the league.

4. Contain Chad Pennington. The Jets are 4-7 and all but out of the playoff chase. However, since returning from a broken wrist, Pennington has helped spark a lethargic Jets offense with help from receiver Santana Moss. That duo will get to face a Titans secondary that is beat up with minor nicks and injuries.

- Terry McCormick

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