Titans hope to erase ugly loss in season finale
The Tennessee Titans and Mike Munchak have one more game to give
owner Bud Adams reason to think the coach really can turn around
Adams couldn’t stand to watch all of the Titans’ 55-7 loss to
the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The owner, who turns 90 on Jan. 3,
plans to talk with Munchak and his front office after the season
finale. Munchak said he will detail what’s gone wrong and his plan
to fix the team.
The coach pointed out he’s had one offseason with the Titans
”There’s a lot of things that are concerning,” said Munchak,
who has two years left on his contract. ”I’ll just start with the
record. That’s concerning. That’s the most important factor.”
The Titans have lost six of eight. Once again, they’re last in
points allowed in the NFL (451), and now the franchise record for
most points given up in a season is at risk Sunday against
Jacksonville (2-13). The then-Houston Oilers yielded 460 points in
1983, Munchak’s second season as a player.
Cornerback Alterraun Verner said after the loss the Titans must
have a serious self-evaluation.
”We have one more game, and we’ve got to fix it,” Verner said.
”We’ve got to come out way better than this and finish off strong.
This is embarrassing.”
At least the Titans don’t have to play an opponent with a
winning record. They are 0-7 against such teams this season.
Sunday is no guaranteed win for Tennessee, though. The Titans
lost 24-19 in Jacksonville on Nov. 25, and Munchak fired his
offensive coordinator the next day. Munchak had the team in Monday
to watch the loss to Green Bay before letting players leave for the
The Titans have sold out their home finale, though how many fans
actually show up in the seats remains to be seen. Munchak has
worked for Adams since being drafted out of Penn State in 1982 –
first as a player and then as a coach since 1994. Adams likes
Munchak but wants to get his team fixed before turning off even
more paying customers.
Tennessee’s problems go beyond coaching. The Titans went into
Green Bay without their top two pass catchers. The offensive line
with four starters on injured reserve also had the backup center
out with a sprained ankle, and replacement right tackle Mike Otto
got sick and had to be replaced by Byron Stingily in his first
Jake Locker had his worst performance yet. He was 1 of 7 for 7
yards in the first quarter with two interceptions, had a 0.0 passer
rating by halftime and finished 13 of 30 for 140 yards. He
underthrew, overthrew and was just late at times with the ball to
receivers. He has 11 turnovers in the five games.
Yet the lowlight came when Locker tripped himself up trying to
run away from pressure.
Yes, it counted as one of seven sacks.
Munchak defended the quarterback with 10 career starts.
”I think the team’s shaky,” Munchak said. ”I think the
support around him isn’t great.”
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