After another let down this past Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, where do the Tennessee Titans go now?
The Titans season had been up and down all year long, and now that the Titans have already matched their loss total of last season (7), we can assume it is going to be a down year.
After a surprisingly competitive season last year and a full off-season under the Munchak system there was hope in Nashville. Yes it was expected for there to be bumps in the road with a young team and with a first year QB in Jake Locker, but this wasn’t supposed to happen.
The team is too inconsistent. There a a few nice wins sprinkled in throughout the season, but this Titans team has had some downright embarrassing losses. How do you blowout the Dolphins, go into the bye, and then come back and lose to the worst team in the NFL?
This whole season I have tried to buy in to Coach Munchak, and up until this past week I did. But this loss was unacceptable. There is too much talent on this team for them to consistently have games where they seem completely unprepared for their opponent.
The injuries to Jake Locker and MLB Colin McCarthy were devastating to the growth of the offense and defense. The Titans made a move this week in the right direction by firing OC Chris Palmer. Five games remain for this team to make strides in the right direction. Unless there is a drastic turnaround, more changes will have to be made on the coaching staff.
For a second lets step away from the doom and gloom and look at the bright side:
-This team is abundant in youth and talent, which means room for growth and improvement.
-Jake Locker hasn’t wowed us, but he hasn’t stunk it up either. He is a natural born leader, tough, and has a cannon, now lets see how he develops.
-Chris Johnson is still a stud.
-Young, seemingly talented wide outs
-Young defense that seems it needs the right scheme and at least two more “players” (S, anywhere a play maker can be found)
Now lets remember back to how bad the 49’ers were just a few years ago, then came along John Harbaugh. The Titans need to find a game changer at the coaching position. Funny sounding right, but it is true. Quick turn arounds are common place in the NFL; the Titans need to find the right man moving forward.
Is this a lack of impatience with youth and transition, lack of talent, or are significant changes needed? These last five games will show us a lot.
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