Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Michael Roos asked nicely.
When I talked to him about how the Titans have allowed just two sacks this season and none in the last five games and asked if he thought they could have a historic season with regard to pass protection, he said he did not want to know anything about sack-related records.
"If you start looking at that number and you don't want to get to that number, then you start pressing," he said. "As soon as you press, your technique goes out the window and then you start trying too hard not to get them. When you try not to get them, that's when they happen. No, I don't want to know what the number is."
Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN Research tells me the 1988 Miami Dolphins hold the record for the fewest sacks allowed in a season, with seven, and that the 1988 and '89 Dolphins went 19 games without allowing one. The Titans are on pace to give up between four and five sacks.
"It is a point of pride, but at the same time you don't want to think about it," said Roos, the Titans left tackle who should emerge in the Pro Bowl picture this season. "Because then you start thinking about it too much, focusing on it and then you psych yourself out and that's when they start coming.
"More than anything we try to minimize hits. Sometimes a hit can be a lot worse than a sack, that's how injuries can happen. You try to at least start there."
Kerry Collins is helping his line in a big way with his willingness to hit check downs or throw balls away.
Jeff Fisher said he thinks 16 to 18 is a good number for a season -- roughly one a game. But obviously the Titans are expecting better than that now.
"People are pretty good at getting to the quarterback, so one per game I think would be a pretty good goal," he said. "The numbers are down, so that's good. It's hard to say what will happen. We'll play some teams that can rush the passer and there is always that snap, that one where somebody blows a protection and the quarterback goes down. We're just very pleased with the numbers right now."