From Playoffs to Winless: The Tennessee Titans Are Starting to Finger Point

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From Playoffs to Winless: The Tennessee Titans Are Starting to Finger Point
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For a team with such high expectations going into the 2009 NFL season, the Tennessee Titans are in a state of disbelief. At 0-2, the Titans is starting to finger point trying to look for answers.

If the Titans wants to start finger pointing, point the finger at the defense.

For a unit that was stout against the pass last season, it has looked nothing like itself this season.

On Sunday against the division rival Houston Texans, quarterback Matt Schaub looked like a Pro Bowl quarterback, torching the Titans secondary for 357 yards and passing for four touchdowns.

Texans receivers were constantly running free through the secondary for most of the game.

After the 34-31 loss to the Texans, several defensive players said that they saw things that they hadn't prepared for and thought the team did a poor job making adjustments during the game.

Adjustments were made on the sideline, but not executed, said Titans Coach Jeff Fisher.

Monday, Fisher cemented his position.

"Let me set the record straight here: When you are a good football team and you start off the season [0-2], there is going to be frustration, OK? And the only way that you get out of it is you avoid pointing fingers at anybody," said Fisher.

"Everybody accepts the blame and you move on. There were adjustments made on the sideline for each and every thing that we saw. There was an adjustment made for that last big play that they made, I heard it. The players alluding to the fact that we're having trouble making adjustments need to pay better attention to what is going on on the sideline."

While blowing a 21-7 lead, the Titans gave up big pass plays of 21, 29, 33, 44 and 72 yards. On the 72-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Andre Johnson, safety Michael Griffin failed to pick him up after Johnson left cornerback Nick Harper's area.

According to Harper, the Titans "didn't make any corrections on our sideline" and players weren't where they were supposed to be at times.

"There were some plays that happened on my side, and (the Texans) flip-flopped and ran the exact same play on the other side and we still didn't get any stops," Harper said. "That tells me that me we didn't make any corrections on the sideline but they made all the corrections, and that hurt us."

The Titans, who are currently ranked last in the NFL in passing defense, need to eliminate big pass plays if they want dig them selves out of this 0-2 hole, because the road becomes much tougher from here on out.

With road games at the New York Jets, Jacksonville, and New England on the horizon, the Titans' season could hang in the balance.

Everything the Titans did wrong against the Texans is correctable, Fisher said. He also said it's OK that his players express their frustrations.

"But you have to come to terms with it and you move on," Fisher said. "We corrected a a lot of things... we have a good secondary. They are giving up too many big plays, but this is a team loss, it is not a secondary loss."

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