Tennessee Titans: Do They Even Care About Playing Football Anymore?
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
What is there to possibly say about the Tennessee Titans so far this season?
They just do not look like they even care about playing football. There's a difference between losing a game and getting beat down. For the second straight week, the latter happened to the Titans—this time in a 38-10 drubbing at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.
There isn't just one issue with the team. The team as a whole looks very bad. They look like a team that has never played football before. They look like a team that just doesn't care.
Jake Locker led the team in rushing for the second straight game, rushing for 21 yards on two carries. When your starting quarterback is the leading rusher on your team after two games, there's a huge problem.
The offensive line continues to be unable to block for the running backs. Chris Johnson had little-to-no room to run the whole game, finishing with 17 yards on eight carries. Again, blame Johnson all you want, but the fact of the matter is that the offensive line is soft.
On the very first play, Locker threw an interception on a pass thrown off of his back foot right into coverage. He looked very much flustered the whole game, leading many to question whether or not the Titans rushed him into the starting lineup a little too quickly.
On defense, the Titans looked good against the run at first, but in the second half, they got tired and the Chargers took full advantage. They finished with 148 rushing yards as a team, with Jackie Battle running in for two touchdowns in the second half.
Once again, the Titans were picked apart through the air, especially in the short-passing game. Philip Rivers went 24-of-32, throwing for 284 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Dante Rosario, who hadn't caught a touchdown pass in over three years, caught three touchdown passes. Antonio Gates was inactive, leading Rosario to get playing time at tight end.
Quite frankly, it doesn't matter who the starting tight end is, because the Titans cannot guard any of them.
Without Colin McCarthy, it's apparent that the Titans have no playmakers on defense. Kamerion Wimbley is a good pass-rusher, but the secondary blew coverages all day, and once Rivers was able to complete a pass, sloppy tackling lead to extra yards after the catch.
It's apparent that this defense needs a complete overhaul. There is a difference between having a bad game and just being plain terrible. After two straight games of awful football, the Titans defense has been exposed as a huge liability, especially without McCarthy.
This team was considered by some to be a dark horse to make the playoffs. The way they've played in the past two weeks, they'll be lucky to finish third in the AFC South, especially considering how well the Indianapolis Colts played this week.
There's only so much that head coach Mike Munchak can do to get his team ready to play on a week-to-week basis. It falls on the players to execute, and they are not doing that at all.
This performance has left me baffled. Unless the Titans do a complete 360 starting next week, this is going to be a long season for the players, coaches and especially the fans.
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