Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan understands why fans are so frustrated with the team and why they might not be showing up.
If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought the Tennessee Titans were playing a road game with how loud Buffalo Bills fans were in Week 5 at Nissan Stadium.
That’s because Titans fans weren’t exactly out in force, and Bills fans obviously travel well.
But with the inconsistent way the team has played in recent years, can you really blame Titans fans if that’s one of the reasons for their poor attendance?
Left tackle Taylor Lewan doesn’t think so.
He understands that fan frustration with the team’s lack of consistency is one cause of lackluster showings by fans at home games. Here’s what he had to say about it, per Paul Kuharsky.
"“I’ll be honest, I’d be pissed off too if I was a Titans fan. It’s just what it is. I think one Titans fan told me that his dad sold their season tickets because he said ‘they’re always going to break their heart.’So we have to be better, that’s just what it is. I’m not saying anything that nobody else sees. We have to be better, that’s myself included, everybody. Upstairs, coaches, players, everybody has to be better. And that’s got to be consistent.”"
In two home games this season, the Titans have lost both by a combined score of 33-24. If the Titans already have a home attendance issue — just looking at the crowd yesterday, it’s obvious they do — the team isn’t helping itself any by stinking up the joint.
Winning can solve a lot of issues between a team and its fan base, but more importantly, the team has to be consistent. Winning in a dominant fashion here and there with embarrassing games in between just isn’t going to cut it, especially when those bad games always seem to come at home.
Lewan is right: the Titans need to be better, and once they can prove it’s actually worth it for fans to show up and spend their hard-earned money, maybe then the Titans can enjoy a better home-field advantage.
Clearly that home-field advantage isn’t happening by default, and we’d be lying to ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge it. The bottom line is that the Titans have an attendance issue, and winning seems to be the only hope for solving it.