Titans start fast, ultimately fall short in preseason opener

Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 1:16am
Staff reports

Vince Young completed his first five pass attempts but then threw an interception on his sixth Saturday as the Tennessee Titans lost 20-18 to the Seahawks in their preseason opener at Seattle

Young’s interception was the first of two first-half turnovers and one of three overall. The last, an interception by rookie quarterback Rusty Smith with just over 30 seconds to play, ended the Titans’ attempt to rally from 13 down in the fourth quarter.

It was the first time in three years the Titans lost their first game of the preseason.

Tennessee drove 79 yards in 10 plays for touchdown and a 7-0 lead on the game’s opening possession. Chris Johnson scored the touchdown on third-and-goal from the 1 after being stopped short of the goal line on the previous two snaps.

Johnson finished with seven yards on five attempts, and the Titans stayed in front before they began to pull their starters on both sides of the ball.

Young played the first two possessions and finished 5-6 for 78 yards and the interception, which was his final snap.

Chris Simms replaced Young and got the most work among the three Titans’ quarterbacks who played. He completed seven of 13 passes for 24 yards.

Veteran Kerry Collins was not in uniform and did not play. Smith came on for Simms with 24 seconds to play in the third quarter and led the Titans to 11 fourth-quarter points capped by his completion for a two-point conversion. He was 7-14 for 71 yards and the interception.

Other notable performances included:

• Fullback Ahmard Hall caught three passes – one on a fake punt – for 48 yards. His 28-yard reception on a screen pass led to Johnson’s touchdown run.

• Linebacker Stephen Tulloch made one tackle and deflected two passes in limited duty.

• Cornerback Ryan Mouton made an interception but also missed the tackle on the play that turned into Seattle’s first touchdown, a 51-yard reception by Mike Williams. He also got beat on a fourth-down conversion in the third quarter that led to Seattle’s second touchdown two plays later.

• Rookie wide receiver Marc Mariani got a lot of work as a return man. He returned four kickoffs an average of 23 yards and three punts an average of eight yards. Additionally, he had three receptions for 21 yards and caught the two-point conversion pass from Smith.

• Stafon Johnson was the first of the rookie running backs to see the field. He carried once for six yards in the second quarter and finished with three carries for 23 yards and caught two passes for 12 before he sustained a serious leg injury on the final play of the third quarter.

Johnson was taken from the field on a cart with his lower leg in an air cast.

4 Comments on this post:

By: junglejim on 8/15/10 at 6:09

A local jr. high school team could of beat these chumps......whusssiees..Titans suck

By: dangerlover on 8/15/10 at 4:04

You should probably learn to spell "wussies" and review middle school grammar before talking sh*t. Could of? Seriously? Moron.

By: wolfy on 8/15/10 at 8:10

Speak and Spell is your friend. It's "could've".

By: d4deli on 8/16/10 at 3:12

It is not "could of" and it isn't "could've". The is no such word as "could've". However, wolfy had the correct idea. It certainly isn't "could of". Common mistake. Perhaps all of you should go back to grammar school.