Did you hear? The 2012 NFL season is over. At least for the Tennessee Titans. Amazing, considering it is only April and the regular season is actually months away. So, how is the season over, you might ask? Simple: The NFL released the schedule for the upcoming season, and the consensus is that the Titans will be lucky to win 1 of their first 6 games. After that, do the math. You don’t start the season 1-5 and make the playoffs. It just doesn’t happen. That’s a hole too big to climb out of.
Of course, some haven’t given in to the gloom and doom. Our very own Alberto Gonzalez wrote a good analysis right here. I’m not going to do an in-depth analysis. I’m not going to go week-by-week and pick which games the Titans will win or lose. There will be plenty of that closer to the start of the season.
Frankly, I’m tired of all the doom and gloom. I’m tired of all the end-of-the-world, Mayan prophecy, woe is me, nay-saying, small souled talk that is out there. I’m tired of hearing and reading about how the poor, lowly Titans have to play the big, bad New England Patriots and the fearsome and scary Pittsburg Steelers.
The Titans don’t have to play them. The Patriots and the Steelers have to play the Titans. They have to play a team that finished 9-7 last year even though their two most talented offensive players were either ineffective or injured. They have to play a team that finished as the 8th best defense in the league last year even though they couldn’t sack the QB even if he did a Brett Favre to Michael Strahan flop. They have to play a team that is prepared to recapture their former glory and mojo. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it boys!
Don’t give me all the tired talking points: (Any time you see quotations marks from here on out, you need to read the quoted sentence in the whiniest voice you can imagine.)
“Detroit is dangerous.” – Yes, they are. But let’s see them stop Britt, CJ, Cook, and Locker.
“The Titans always lose in San Diego.” – Stop your whining! Munchak wasn’t the head coach then. The Chargers and Philip Rivers are in for a world of hurt when Klug, Morgan, Casey, and Wimbley are done with them.
“The Texans were really good last year.” – That’s cute. It’s the Texans people. The wheels will most likely fall off this season simply because it’s Houston.
Cheer up fans. Yes, this is a tough way to begin the 2012 season. The Patriots, Steelers, Texans, and Lions are all good teams. The Chargers have a lot of talent as well. But I don’t buy into all the defeatist talk. Feel sorry for the Patriots, Chargers, Steelers, Texans, and Lions. They have to play the Titans.