It would have been interesting to see how they would’ve started without him. Their other running backs Javon Ringer, Jamie Harper and Herb Donaldson are promising. It seems like either the Titans thought this dispute was a negative towards fan morale and selling tickets, they really think they can’t win without him, or Chris started to yield a little bit.
Chris Palmer, the Titans’ offensive coordinator, was a head coach last year for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials. What is fascinating about Palmer working for a head coach who used to be an O-lineman is that Chris’ offense features a lot of spreading out defenses, placing receivers in “doubles”. What’s not surprising is that this is a staple of the run-and-shoot, which was utilized by the Houston Oilers back when head coach Mike Munchak played for them and Chris Palmer coached receivers for them. They’ve also seen to be using the “switch” concept during pre-season, where two receivers running routes next to each other have multiple options based on coverages.
Palmer’s last stint as offensive coordinator was only 34 games long, with a Texans team (2003-2005) pretty thin on talent.
No matter what anyone at ESPN says, Chris Johnson is not the only elite skill position player for the offense. Kenny Britt is definitely one, and his stats would have ballooned if he had an accurate quarterback delivering the ball to him. Jared Cook is ready to step up in the way that Ed Dickson will for the Ravens with Todd Heap having exited. Cook’s size and dynamic ability pose match-up problems for linebackers.
Unfortunately, I do not think the Titans defense (15th in points allowed) will be enough to push them past the Colts in the division. However, if Matt Hasselbeck stays healthy – thus limiting the turnovers as a QB who threw for 34 TDs and 44 INTs in the last seasons -, that defense may only need to flash in the divisional games A great first test for the Titans is going to be week 2, as they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to LP Field.