Skidding Titans back home looking for edge again
So much time has passed since the Tennessee Titans last played
in Music City that Chris Johnson says he’s not sure of the
Defensive end Derrick Morgan had to be reminded of the last home
Yes, it’s been a long time for both.
The Titans will play their first home game in a month Sunday
against Arizona. Not that being back in Nashville guarantees
anything because the Titans have lost four straight since their
last home win Sept. 29 and are 2-4 this season at LP Field. So much
for the annual goal of winning all the home games.
Tennessee (5-8) has sold out every game since moving into LP
Field for the 1999, and Sunday’s game will extend the sellout
streak to 153. Not every ticket has been used this season, and
safety Bernard Pollard encourages fans not to waste money already
spent and use the tickets and have fun even if this isn’t the
season the Titans wanted.
”And if all fails, I’ll take a fine and hit somebody for you,”
the often-penalized and fined safety said with a smile.
This isn’t what coach Mike Munchak wanted this season after
going 4-4 at home in 2012 en route to a 6-10 finish. Now the Titans
have to beat Arizona (8-5) and close out the season Dec. 29 with a
win over Houston just to reach that mark for a second straight
”We came into the year thinking we could win all our home
games, we have to protect our territory,” Morgan said. ”It just
hasn’t worked out the way we wanted it too. We need to finish out
these last two games at home and the last three games of the season
The Cardinals have had the opposite problem this season. They
come to Nashville just 2-4 on the road with the only wins at Tampa
Bay and Jacksonville.
”We just really haven’t played well enough,” Cardinals
quarterback Carson Palmer said. ”Point blank, there’s not one
recurring theme. It’s not this, it’s not that. We got to play
better. We got to come out fast, we got to explode early, we got to
stop them early, and we got to finish the game strong.”
That’s exactly what the Titans have wanted since winning their
last home game Sept. 29 in a 38-13 rout of the Jets.
But as the losses have piled up, fans are tiring of waiting for
The empty seats have grown along with the team’s skid, and
tickets for the Cardinals’ game could be found Thursday at
www.StubHub.com for just $4. Fans are venting their frustration on
social media at a franchise expected to miss the playoffs for a
fifth straight season despite late owner Bud Adams spending more
than $100 million in the offseason.
Pollard has heard fans talk about the Titans stringing them
along only to always let them down. He said he can’t argue that
because they have played good in spots only to fail at the end.
”We’re fighting,” Pollard said of the Titans. ”We have not
laid down. We haven’t given up. We’re going to go out and we’re
going to put on a show. The shows as of late haven’t been good as
far as the end result, but we have to turn the corner at some
point. I say to the fans continue to trust.”
Notes: Only CB Alterraun Verner (groin), LB Akeem Ayers (groin)
and RT David Stewart (shoulder) did not practice Thursday. Munchak
said all should practice Friday and play Sunday. … Leon
Washington has played only two games with Tennessee, but his
performance in last week’s loss to Denver ranks him third in
franchise history. He had 209 yards on returns, second only to
Bobby Jancik, who had games with 240 and 221 yards in separate
games in 1963.
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