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VY confident passing game will come together for Titans

VY confident passing game will come together for Titans

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:41 pm
By: By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans’ offense has been the hot topic on radio shows and among fans worried about Vince Young’s poor passing this preseason.
The quarterback believes looks are deceiving, at least in the preseason.
“In y’alls eyes, you probably say it’s bad,” Young said Tuesday. “In our eyes, it’s going to be all right. We’re going to be all right.”
The Titans (2-0) are busy working on different aspects of their offense, experimenting and trying to free up receivers on the outside.
Young said they need to clean up a few areas that led to penalties, and he reminded everyone that the Titans are not showing everything in their play book during the preseason.
The numbers haven’t been good even as the Titans beat St. Louis 34-13 and edged Oakland 17-16.
Young is just 7-of-19 for 54 yards with no touchdown passes through seven series.
He had a chance at one in the preseason opener only to overthrow new tight end Alge Crumpler.
Young said he is working hard to improve every aspect of his own game, and he wants to reach a point where he plays worry-free.
For now, whatever offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger wants him to hone through practice or focus on in a game, Young said that’s what he will do.
“I want him to come up to me and say good job at that,” Young said.
He wants to improve his fakes, holding defenders with those fakes, throwing the ball downfield, checking off at the line, reading defenses, finding the right receiver and converting third downs.
Young said he knows that people have high expectations for him going into his third NFL season, and he wants to improve for his teammates’ sake and for his own, as well.
The Titans visit Atlanta (0-2) Friday night, and Young will play the first half.
That extra playing time and some game planning should help the offense, which coach Jeff Fisher said has been exhaustively discussed over the past few days.
“We have to execute,” Fisher said. “I don’t have a full-blown game plan going into this game. We’ve got really one day to prepare for them. I think we should see more production out of out of the offense overall although they are a much-improved defense. We have to go out and do the best we can.”
Center Kevin Mawae also defended his quarterback and said the offense is just fine.
He has read the stories and heard fans talking about how Young isn’t throwing the ball right, and Mawae said part of that is the Titans using only a piece of their play book.
He sees a quarterback who can do what no others in the league can, plays that Tennessee won’t unveil until its season opener Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“Vince’s job is to orchestrate the offense and run us at an efficient level. … The one stat that matters in this locker room is winning. Vince has proven himself to be a winner. He’s going to continue to win games, and all this stuff in the preseason will be forgotten in about two weeks,” Mawae said.
Young’s goal?
To reach the point where he can play relaxed, worry-free.
But Young, who threw for nine touchdowns against 17 interceptions last year, has a simple measure of reaching his success.
“Get farther into the playoffs and try to get that AFC championship and try to get that Super Bowl. It is well needed around here, not just the team, the city, everybody. That’s one of the things I put on my shoulders. That’s the type of pride I take … Those type of memories will last a long time,” he said.
Notes: All Pro kicker Rob Bironas won’t play Friday night. But Fisher said Bironas has been kicking out of sight in the Titans’ indoor field. Asked about Bironas’ distance, Fisher said the balls were going through the uprights. Bironas has been out since July 28 with a pulled groin. … RB LenDale White sat out a second straight day with flu. DE Jevon Kearse and DT Albert Haynesworth also sat out with Haynesworth missing his second straight day. Fisher said they would be all right. … Pro Football Weekly named linebacker Keith Bulluck the winner of its humanitarian award, given to an NFL player with outstanding contributions to the community and charity groups. Bulluck and his foundation work with foster children, and he was selected over Chris Draft of St. Louis, Mike Furrey of Detroit, Jacksonville’s Mike Peterson and Jason Witten of Dallas. … Pro Bowl defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch is dipping into his own pocket and giving $1,000 for for each sack during the upcoming season. The money will go to research for cystic fibrosis, a condition suffered by Vanden Bosch’s cousin, Colton. Vanden Bosch is asking Titans fans to pledge donations for each sack he gets at his Web site www.kvb93.com. He met with a family affected by cystic fibrosis after Tuesday’s practice.

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