Back for another week, henceforth, another edition of “Know Thy Enemy”. This week, with our upcoming battle against the Tennessee Titans, we speak to our buddy Joshua Huffman. He is the editor of our Fansided Titans site, known as Titan Sized. Check them out for all things Titans related.
Take a look at our conversation about the upcoming game:
THE JET PRESS: The Jets are ranked #6 in the league in run defense. Can Chris Johnson have a big day against this team, or are you concerned about him heading into this week?
TITAN SIZED: It would’ve been nice to have Shonn Greene as a complementary piece behind Johnson. Unfortunately, Greene will miss this game after recently having his
knee scoped. Johnson won’t have another 94-yard touchdown run, however, an
improved offensive line will let him have a more efficient stat line than his
other 20 carries that went for 28 yards in the last matchup.
TJP: For what you have been able to see, what do you think of Geno Smith so far?
What have you liked in his play and what do you think the Titans need to do to
TS: I haven’t had the opportunity to watch Geno Smith. The Titans have yet to
face a mobile quarterback. This will provide a strong test before upcoming games
against the Seattle Seahawks (Russell Wilson) and San Francisco 49ers (Colin
Kaepernick). Since the Jets offense isn’t explosive, if the Titans can even turn
one takeaway into seven points, it’ll go a long way in preserving a Titans
TJP: How has Jake Locker improved in 2013?
TS: Locker is more experienced and healthier. Last season, he injured his
shoulder in Week 1. He re-aggravated that shoulder injury in Week 4. Instability
at offensive coordinator and a poor offensive line didn’t help the second-year
quarterback. While Locker’s accuracy remains a huge concern, he showed a lot
more pocket presence in his comeback victory against the San Diego Chargers.
TJP: For the first time in many years, the Jets have an excellent pass rush that can
get to the quarterback with a four man rush. How do the Titans gameplan to slow
TS: Run the football. That’s what they did when they faced the Pittsburgh
Steelers and Houston Texans. If the Titans jump out to an early 7-0 lead, don’t
be surprised if Mike Munchak goes into shutdown mode and tries to shorten the
game with a run-heavy approach. Rob Turner (center) and Chance Warmack (right
guard) have been susceptible in pass protection. Don’t see the Titans taking too
many chances against Rex Ryan’s defense.
TJP: What is your prediction for Sunday’s game?
TS: Titans 13, Jets 7. Both teams have similar identities. The Titans benefit from
home-field advantage and a more experienced quarterback. With that said, if the
Titans approach this game with the idea that the Jets are as bad as the media
says, it could spell disaster. These are two good defenses that lean on their
front sevens. Despite a lackluster offense, the Jets are always dangerous
because Ryan’s defense will keep them in games.
Thanks to Josh Huffman for taking the time. Take in his site, Titan Sized, at the link above, as they do a great job covering their team.