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

this franchise.

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

career start.

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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