Titans Look to Correct Mistakes From Dolphins Game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans coach Jeff Fisher said his team placed emphasis Monday on finding out why mistakes happened in Sunday's 29-17 loss at Miami.

Fisher said Tennessee (5-4) had tempo and timing issues coming off its bye week and said a communication breakdown helped Miami (5-4) convert long pass plays to tight end Anthony Fasano, who had a career-high 107 yards on five catches and a touchdown grab.

The Titans will try to get back in sync Sunday when they host Washington. The Redskins were hosting Philadelphia Monday night.

Fisher said quarterback Vince Young is expected to be back in the starting lineup Sunday, but backup quarterback Kerry Collins will be out this week and "probably several weeks" with a calf injury.

Collins started against Miami in place of Young, who sprained a knee and ankle on Oct. 18 at Jacksonville. Collins injured his calf at the end of the first half, and Young relieved him in the second half and avoided reinjuring the ankle.

Fisher said Young wore a boot and rested the ankle during Tennessee's bye week, which fell one week after Young aggravated the ankle injury in San Diego on Oct. 31. Fisher said coaches did not think Young would have enough mobility to be the most effective against Miami, based on observing Young in practice last Wednesday and Thursday, but said Young should be fine this week.

"We can assume that the ankle injury is behind him," Fisher said. "We expect him to practice this week."

Fisher said rookie Rusty Smith will be listed as the team's second quarterback against the Redskins, has a "pretty good feel for the system" and has learned from Young and Collins.

Fisher said wide receiver Randy Moss played hard, played well and grasped the entire game plan in his debut with the Titans.

Moss drew multiple double teams from Miami defenders, and blocked for running back Chris Johnson, who carried the ball 17 times for 117 yards and one touchdown.

"He was really in tune to what they were doing, and he blocked," Fisher said. "This might have been his best blocking day ever, but he was into it, he worked hard."

Fullback Ahmard Hall said Moss's impact was significant, although the 13-year veteran's first catch with Tennessee didn't happen until 4:45 remained in the game.

"The fans really don't see what we see on film and the impact he makes, the actual intricacies of the thing," said Hall, who added that Miami put fewer defenders toward stopping the run than any team had done against the Titans this season.

Moss's catch went for 26 yards and was the longest pass play allowed by Miami. He also drew a 33-yard pass interference penalty in the first quarter.

"I think there were a couple situations, where we could have gotten the ball to him," Fisher said. "That's always the case. As you look at a game there are going to be different options.  Unless you've stood under center and dropped back in the pocket and tried to look down the field, until you've done that, be careful about criticizing quarterbacks because it's not an easy thing to do."

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