Through the first two games of the regular season, the Tennessee Titans have seen a dramatic improvement in their ability to run the ball, and they're doing it with multiple players.
Last season, the Tennessee ground game averaged just 90.4 yards per game. Thus far this year, the Titans are averaging 145 yards per game.
After Bishop Sankey led the way with 74 yards in the season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dexter McCluster ran for 98 yards on 10 carries last Sunday in the 28-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
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"Coach (Ken Whisenhunt) came to me early in the week and told me to be ready for some opportunities early in the game, and I got some opportunities and tried to make the most of it,'' McCluster said, per the team's official website.
"We kind of went with who was hot at the moment -- running back by committee, that's our identity right now.
"It is not going to change the way I work. If the opportunity is there, I'll try and make the most of it."
While the results thus far are encouraging, Whisenhunt cautioned it's still early in the season.
"I am really not willing to say we're doing anything a lot better yet,'' Whisenhunt said. "Two games doesn't make us better. We're working at it, the backs are running well, and certainly Dex had a big day (Sunday) and last week Bishop had a big day. I think we have different packages we use, and last week we got into a little groove with the one that Dex had. To his credit, he ran really well, and last week Bishop ran well.
"… Our guys are doing a much better job of trying to be physical inside the line and our backs are doing a better job of staying on their course. Hopefully we'll continue to be productive."
With Titans set to face the winless Indianapolis Colts next, Whisenhunt said he'll try keep everyone guessing as to which back will get the bulk of the work.
"You know, I think there's some value in the versatility of the different packages,'' Whisenhunt said. "I hope if Indianapolis is looking at us and they're saying, 'What are we going to prepare for? Are we going to prepare for Dex? Are we going to prepare for Bishop?'
"And hopefully, if that's the case, maybe it take a little bit away of getting a bead on something and helps us be more versatile."
Tennessee hosts the Colts on Sunday.
(h/t Tennessee Titans)