Munchak says no excuse for Titans’ division woes
Mike Munchak says there’s no excuse for the Tennessee Titans not
to have beaten an AFC South opponent this season. Their division
struggle, however, have been going on for more than just a
The Titans are a dismal 4-12 in Munchak’s three seasons, and the
first team to win the AFC South has a lengthy list of ugly losses
the past three years that have helped keep Tennessee struggling or
out of the playoffs. They’ve had their share of losses to the
Colts, Jaguars and Texans.
They have a chance for a little payback starting Sunday at
Jacksonville, and Houston comes next in the season finale. They’ve
already been swept this season by Indianapolis.
”Unfortunately we don’t play Indy again, but we owe them,
too,” Munchak said Wednesday. ”We’ll have to wait later for that
one. You wonder why they’re motivated? They’re motivated for a lot
of reasons to win this football game. It’s a pride thing now. It’s
not going to get any further. Five wins, six wins, seven wins is
not enough wins, but you still could get a lot of satisfaction from
Tennessee became the first team to lose to the previously
winless Colts in 2011, a loss that cost the Titans a playoff berth
on a tiebreaker to Cincinnati. In 2012, the Titans became the first
team to lose in Jacksonville, and they were the first to lose to
the previously winless Jaguars in November (29-27).
The Titans used to beat the Texans year in and year out in a
painful reminder to Houston of the franchise they lost to
Then Houston took its turn atop the division the past two
seasons making life miserable for the Titans, and the Texans even
beat them in overtime the second week of this season. The Texans
have lost 12 straight games since that last win.
Making the division woes hurt even more is that no loss came by
more than eight points.
”We should have three division wins, but we don’t,” Munchak
said. ”We got to finish with two here. It does mean a lot for that
reason. You’re battling for second in the division I guess or
whatever that comes to at the end. We got to beat a team that has
given us trouble.”
Munchak says they owe the Jaguars, who have won three of the
past five in this series. Jacksonville handed Munchak a 16-14 loss
in his first game as a head coach in 2011, and the Titans turned it
over four times Nov. 10 in losing again to the Jaguars.
”We did everything we could to lose that football game by
turning it over and still were down by two,” Munchak said. ”We
owe them for this year, last year, the year before that.”
That was the first of four wins in six weeks for the Jaguars for
first-year coach Gus Bradley.
”It gave us a little validation as far as how everything was
falling into place just like we anticipated,” Bradley said.
With Tennessee (5-9) having lost three straight and eight in the
last 10 games, safety Michael Griffin doesn’t care who the opponent
”I don’t think it’s personal,” Griffin said. ”We need a
Notes: Chris Johnson (knee) did not practice on what Munchak
called a day of rest. RT David Stewart (shoulder) also sat out. DT
Jurrell Casey (shoulder) and C Brian Schwenke (ankle) were limited.
CB Alterraun Verner (groin) practiced fully.
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