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  • Mixed bag in Mettenberger's pro debut

  • Last Saturday, Zach Mettenberger - a key piece to the puzzle who helped lead the 2010 Butler Grizzlies to the national championship, appeared in the limelight of professional football for the first time.
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  • Last Saturday, Zach Mettenberger - a key piece to the puzzle who helped lead the 2010 Butler Grizzlies to the national championship, appeared in the limelight of professional football for the first time.
    Frankly, his debut (4 of 7 for 87 yards and an interception) still leaves more questions than answers for the Tennessee Titans. First and foremost, this has to be prefaced with the fact that he was playing in what CBS announcers described to audiences as a monsoon, and obviously, it's nearly impossible to have continued success throwing the football in the pouring rain.
    However, with that being said, let's just dive into it, starting with the not so great moments.
     
    The Ugly
     
    - A quick footnote, I called this section the ugly, mostly because I thought it was a much better way to describe his mishaps against the Packers instead of the word bad, because the weather really made this an ugly game for every offense that took the field.
    - The turnovers: for not playing a whole lot, Mettenberger committed two turnovers - a fumble and an interception, against Green Bay, something that's not exactly going to leapfrog him ahead of Charlie Whitehurst, who was 10 of 15 for 94 yards (including a touchdown pass) on the night. However, it's hard to fault Mettenberger for the pick though, because it deflected right off of a receiver's hands into the arms of a Packer defender.
     
    The Good
     
    - Everything about his game winning drive: It was only one drive, but boy, Mettenberger looked like a franchise quarterback on this one. He came through in the clutch for the Titans when they needed him they most - er, I know it is a meaningless preseason game, but bear with me - and set up a Jackie Battle touchdown run with a 38-yard bomb. Quick note about that pass, it was a lazer that threaded the needle into double-coverage. I'm confident that about only six quarterbacks in the league could have made that pass. He was 3-for-3 on the drive for 71 yards, and the Titans ended up winning the game 20-16.

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