|Adams was unimpressed with the Titans Sunday. (As was T-Rac, we'd imagine.) (US Presswire)|
Titans owner Bud Adams has seen a lot in his 89 years on this earth. But even he was shocked and dismayed at how his team was thoroughly outplayed by the Bears on Sunday in a 51-20 loss.
“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,'' Adams told The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.
“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players, over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”
Translation: heads are gonna roll.
It's a reasonable reaction given what transpired at LP Field. The Titans were outclassed on offense, defense and special teams. They fell behind 28-2 in the first quarter, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw a pick-six, the team lost four fumbles, and they were victimized by a blocked punt. Otherwise, Tennessee was flawless in its execution.
“If a team underperforms, I'm the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches. It starts with me,” second-year coach Mike Munchak said. “If we don't finish this season the way it should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure it starts with me; I'm the head coach. …
“We're getting ahead of ourselves here -- we've got seven games to play, so we'll worry about what it means when we see how we finish up. We didn't coach well, we didn't play well, and obviously we got beat by a very good football team today.”
If nothing else, give Munchak credit for not giving up on the season (unlike, say, the coach of another 3-6 outfit), even if the writing's on the wall that this team isn't going anywhere. (The Titans are currently 13th in the AFC playoff race.)
Tennessee still has four division games remaining. Realistically, they're going to have to win out to have a chance to sneak into the postseason as a wild-card team.
If you're looking for a silver lining, here you go: this isn't the worst loss in franchise history. It's not even the worst loss in the last four years. In Week 6 of the 2009 season, the Titans were smoked by the Patriots, 59-0.
Then-coach Jeff Fisher lasted another year before he was fired. If things don't change, Munchak might not make it until January.
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