This Titans team has scored just 20 first quarter points throughout the first 7 games. 7 against Houston, 10 against the Jets, and 3 against Seattle. Notice, half of that abysmal 20 points came against the Jets, as Locker was capitalizing on great field position with good drives. We've only scored a first quarter TD in 2/7 games, and we're averaging under a field goal per quarter over that stretch. I've boiled it down to three primary reasons for this, and they all revolve around the run game. 1. Dowell- his playcalling sucks. We're last in the league in first down rushing yards, and completely uncreative with our methods of getting the ball to our weapons. If I can guess what play is coming from my couch, then so can all the top end defenses we've been playing. 2. CJ- he sucks. Dude can't break a tackle, and isn't providing the big plays from the handoff that he's had in years past. No, he's not slow. But he can't break a tackle. Can't make guys miss, and doesn't run past linebackers in the backfield with that vintage CJ vision and make defenses pay. Frankly, it is his fault. I don't give a damn what your excuse is, how bad your blocking is, what defense your playing against, or any of that crap. If your the self proclaimed fastest guy in the league and best RB in the game, you sure as hell better be producing something. I've sided with CJ for quite sometime. But after meticulously watching some footage of him this year...he need to quit running into the damn linebackers and make the defense pay for their pursiot. Simple as that. 3. Offensive line- Young, raw, terrible C play thus far, brand new unit playing for the first time. I have confidence that the OLine will turn their situation around and eventually be the strength of this offensive unit. Much more confidence than I have in points 1 or 2 turning it around. In 2001 we were 0-3. Couldn't get the run going with George, and beginning to watch the season slip away. We then put the ball in McNAir's hands. It's time for us to give the rock to the only dude who's shown he can get it done this year. And I can't even believe this as I'm typing it, but that dude is Jake Locker. Time to let Jake run this offense, and see if he can make a playoff contender out of what's been a haggard looking offense thus far.