Mettenberger Continues To Shine For The Tennessee Titans
By Dan Harralson
Two preseason games are in the books for Ken Whisenhunt and his Tennessee Titans era.
The first game was a wash – literally. A true measuring stick could not be determined in how much the Titans have progressed in Whisenhunt's offensive system due to a monsoon taking place in Nashville.
The Titans had to battle the rain and prevailed against Green Bay, winning 20-16 – behind a Zach Mettenberger comeback. A lot of the offensive schemes could not be on display due to the inclement weather, but the poise of the players adapting to the scenario showed.
The scene was much different Friday in New Orleans as the Titans knew they would have no weather issues inside the Superdome against the Saints. The end result was not the same as the Green Bay game, losing 31-24, but there were a lot of good things that came out of the trip to New Orleans.
“It was a good opportunity to see Jake (Locker) operate the offense," Whisenhunt said following the Saints game. "It wasn’t perfect, but there were a lot of good things about it. The offense, in general, responded with the first series, going down and scoring a touchdown.
"That’s what you have to do, especially on the road in a hostile environment. I think that we just have to keep progressing with Jake. (We need to) keep working. Obviously, it is very encouraging tonight to see him operate the way that he did.”
The offense was highlighted by Justin Hunter reeling in 111 yards off four catches – along with two TD scores. Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was on the other end of the touchdown connection, and the rookie out of LSU continues to play well throughout training camp and within two preseason games.
“Yeah I think he (Zach Mettenberger) was really fired up for this game," Whisenhunt said. "Even before the game he told me he had a lot of adrenaline coming in and then he threw that touchdown pass to Justin (Hunter) and that was real awesome to see.
"For him to do that and be here in Louisiana where he played his college ball was great. He even had to go on a silent count because it was so loud out there with the fans cheering him on. That was pretty cool to see.”