The Titans allowed the Jets to score only seven points.
Christian Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, took over for McCown and played until late in the third quarter.
A win is a win, but a preseason win is a preseason win.
The Penn State product easily could have been spurred by the performance of Josh McCown, who impressively led the Jets downfield on their opening, eight-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in his four-yard TD flip to Charone Peake. Peake also made a great tackle on a punt return (the Titans' returner didn't call for a fair catch) that's exactly the kind of play you like to see wide receivers make.
He appeared less tentative than he's been in the past, his mechanics were improved and his sideline rapport with Josh McCown was continuous. Safety Ronald Martin intercepted an Alex Tanney pass. On Tanney's first play.
The Jets forced two turnovers in the second half. The Jets totaled 56 rushing yards, averaging 1.8 yards on 31 carries, and tallied only one rushing first down.
The second-year Jets quarterback got plenty of playing time, entering after one series in the first quarter and playing deep into the third, but the offense was so conservative it felt like Steve Bannon was the new Jets offensive coordinator, not John Morton. He also rushed for six yards. Romar Morris and Jordan Todman were the opposite of inspiring. Bryce Petty (2-for-6, 17 yards) cleaned up, and it wasn't pretty.
Woah. OK, maybe we shouldn't read too much into whatever happens on Saturday, but it will certainly help clarify a lot of speculation that writers like me have had to sift through for what feels like an eternity. Martin, meanwhile, didn't attempt field goals or extra points tonight, but came on for a kickoff. The good: Hack started 14-for-18 where the only incompletions were three drops and a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage. He converted a pair of third downs on his final drive, but that possession ended in plus-territory after a bad exchange between Jonatthan Harrison and Hackenberg. In the second quarter, the second-team offense joined Hackenberg on the field, but so did Tennessee's second-team defense, so that shouldn't be an excuse. On the Titans' first defensive series of the game, cornerback Logan Ryan gave up a 53 yard completion to receiver Robby Anderson on a go route. Hackenberg's final play of the night was a turnover on a botched snap - it was hard to tell if it was Hackenberg's fault or the center's.