The Tennessee Titans made a major investment at offensive guard after getting miserable returns from the position in recent years. The inability to create much interior push has severely affect Chris Johnson, who has it turns out is no Adrian Peterson and actually needs good guard play to make things happen.
Obviously that’s an unfair comparison but thinking of the NFL‘s best running stats last year — more often than not — coincides with those running backs also capitalizing on the opportunity to run behind good run blocking. It’s that whole talent-plus-opportunity equation, not taking away anything other backs have done.
There has been some debate about how well the Titans’ new offensive guards fared in their preseason debut against the Washington Redskins on Thursday. High-priced free agent Andy Levitre was good and allowed no pressure in 14 snaps, so little controversy there. The firestorm is around how much a factor Chance Warmack really proved in CJ2K’s 60 yards and a touchdown on two carries, and Shonn Greene‘s 32 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
“Hearing some positive talk about Chance Warmack run blocking the other day,” tweeted Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo. “I didn’t see it. Shonn Greene’s TD run? The TEs made it happen.”
Other experts are acknowledging that while Warmack did fall victim to the Redskins front seven here and there, the rookie 10th overall pick also flashed the ability of an excellent pro-caliber guard in the preseason opener.
Obviously, the dialogue will fire up again when the Titans find out much more about their line come Week 2 of the preseason when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.