Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears fans celebrate their team scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Chicago defeated Tennessee 51-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Yes, I just insulted a lot of people. At least, I hope I did. That was my goal. If I didn’t insult you with the title of this article, then give me some more time.
Stop acting like this is the worst NFL team of all time. (And trust me, I have heard more than one fan make that declaration.) Not only is that not true in an historical context, but the 2012 Tennessee Titans aren’t even the worst team in the NFL this season. Not even close. Doesn’t mean they are good though. They aren’t. They are pretty bad. But please, stop with all the crying and histrionics.
Yes, the Chicago Bears made the Titans look frustratingly awful last Sunday. That doesn’t mean that every coach and player should be fired. (Once again, I have heard more than one fan call for that plan of action.) That loss to Chicago looks a lot worse than it actually is. When you turn the ball over as many times as the Titans did that day, you will lose. By a lot of points. And guess what? The Titans lost by a lot of points. (On a side note, I am not making light of coach and player accountability. That’s not it at all. I just don’t see how this one game, or even a few games would inspire anyone to think that firing everyone in the organization is the best option on the table.)
Stop being so “fair-weather”.
I would be scared to see what the games would look like if this franchise had a history like the Browns or the Bengals – teams that have struggled for decades. Would anyone show up, besides the opposing fans? I’ll agree that the Titans’ franchise has been down for the past few years, but it’s not as if this franchise has never experienced success. The Titans have been competitive most seasons, with a few exceptions. They were 9-7 last year…did everyone forget that already? Now, if a fan wants to sell their tickets, that is their right. It’s their money after all. But you don’t see Steeler fans do that when their team is down. The Titans are capable of doing more, but so are the fans.
Stop hoping for losses.
This one just makes me mad. I saw an online poll where 30% of the respondents said they want to see the Titans lose out so they can get a higher draft pick. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: If you are rooting for your team to lose, you need to find a new team. Goodbye and good riddance. You will not be missed.
Trust me what I say this: I am extremely frustrated and upset by this team. I expected them to be a playoff contender this year. I expected the defense to be improved from last season; instead they have become one of the worst defenses the NFL has ever seen – statistically speaking. I expected the offense to take a step towards becoming one of the elite offenses in the game; instead they have been inconsistent and unimpressive.
Even with all that said, I will not give up on this team. Jake Locker is back as the starter this Sunday. CJ has looked good for the past 5 weeks. The defense has actually played much better the past few weeks. There are reasons for optimism. Imagine with me this scenario: The Titans win on Sunday in Miami to go to 4-6. Then they get a week off the get healthy and to work on some issues that have been plaguing them all season. After the bye week they face the Jacksonville Jaguars – a completely winnable game. The Titans could be 5-6 when Houston comes to Nashville on December 2nd. I chose to believe that the Titans can get hot and make some noise to end the season. Will it happen? Who knows, and based on how they have played so far this season, it’s unlikely. But it’s not impossible. But I ask myself, why would a fan choose to believe that only bad things are going to happen? Where’s the fun in that?
Recap: Tennessee Titans’ fans are a bunch of whiny, overreacting, fair-weather babies.
Does that hurt your feelings? Does it make you mad?
Prove me wrong, you bunch of sissies.