Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams didn't pull any punches after his team was embarrassed at home against the Chicago Bears in Week 9. He put every player, coach and front office employee on notice for the rest of the season—a move that he had to make.
According to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, Adams said:
At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players, over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.
The Titans were supposed to challenge for a spot in the playoffs this season after finishing last season with a 9-7 record—just missing the playoffs due to a tiebreaker that the Cincinnati Bengals won.
So far, things haven't gone according to plan.
With a record of 3-6, this team has taken multiple steps backwards in 2012, and it's an across-the-board situation. Here are some stats that demonstrate just how dire the situation is in Tennessee:
- No. 18 in passing offense, with 229 yards per game.
- No. 24 in rushing offense, with 98.8 yards per game and just six total touchdowns.
- No. 27 in passing defense, giving up 273 yards per game.
- Tied with the Washington Redskins for last place in the NFL at giving up passing touchdowns, with 20 total in just nine games.
- No. 30 in rushing defense, giving up 141.6 yards per game.
- Worst team in the NFL at allowing opposing teams to score, giving up 34.2 points per game.
- No. 13 out of 16 AFC teams with a minus-seven turnover rate.
Adams had no choice but to announce his intentions to evaluate every aspect of his franchise. It's the only respectable thing he could do at this point.
Did Bud Adams do the right thing, putting his franchise on notice?
The Titans have some excellent players on both sides of the ball, and it's a shame they're not producing as well as they could. Given the proper guidance, it's not out of the question to assume this team could contend for a playoff spot next season.
As things stand right now, though, Mike Munchak's squad is going nowhere fast.
It's time to prep for a complete reformation, Titans fans. Your team is going to undertake an overhaul after this season that will hopefully turn things around in the future.
It remains to be seen whether or not that's enough to keep you tuned in until then.