|NASHVILLE (AP) — It’s not a pleasant sight for opposing defenses. |
The Tennessee Titans are averaging 173.3 yards rushing per game thanks to the combination of LenDale White and Chris Brown with Vince Young picking his spots to take off. Then occasionally, the Titans will put both White and Brown in the backfield with Young.
Now who do you worry about most?
“It’s a triple threat,” White said of the offensive combination. “When you have Vince back there, Vince and running backs, what is he going to do now? Fake the pass? You want to run the ball? Check out of that. There are so many things you
have to be prepared to stop, and I’ve seen it before.”
He sure did.
White used to line up in the Southern California backfield with fellow tailback Reggie Bush in a package called “Pony.” That’s what offensive coordinator Norm Chow still calls it with the Titans, but it’s fair to say Young is a bigger rushing threat than White’s college quarterback, Matt Leinart.
Young did set a rookie quarterback record by rushing for 552 yards last season.
Atlanta coach Bobby Petrino, who must slow down the Titans (2-1) on Sunday, said he wishes he could do that by focusing only on Young. He said the Titans are doing a good job with their offensive front and White and Brown, who have combined for 92 carries for 427 yards.
Petrino said the tricky part is Young working to be a pocket passer.
How well the Titans would be able to run this season was a big question after team officials cut Travis Henry in March, refusing to pay an $8.3 million option even though he ran for 1,211 yards last season. The Titans finished fifth in the NFL in yards rushing, averaging 138.4 yards.
The Titans turned to White, the 45th pick overall in the 2006 draft, to pick up the load. They also brought back veteran Chris Brown on a one-year deal.
Brown has 42 carries for 247 yards, while White has 50 carries for 180 yards.