Pay close attention football fans, because I am about to elucidate very deeply and philosophically:
There are no...moral ...victories...in professional football.
I'll give you a moment to compose yourselves.
All better? Good, let's move on.
NFL players are athletes at the top of their field who are paid grotesque sums of money to perform to the limit of their abilities for 17 weeks out of a 52-week calendar (or more, depending on the playoffs).
These salaries are paid by the grotesque amounts of money that fans spend on tickets, concessions and sports memorabilia to watch their favorite team perform at its highest level on Any Given Sunday.
Or Saturday. Possibly Thursday and, for the lucky ones, Monday night. But I digress.
Therefore, any assertion that the Titans can come back from the bye week and achieve a modicum of success by showing marginal improvement in their play is nearly laughable.
Unless, of course, you are a dyed-in-the-wool Titans fan looking for something, anything, to justify your continued patronage of the organization. Then the slightest glimmer of hope would be enough to say, "Hey, they're getting better!"
Otherwise, it stinks as a philosophy. Because as it stands, they can't really get much worse.
What the Titans need to do is figure out where the breakdown is and duct tape it back together well enough to last through this season. If that means shuffling the coaching staff a little bit, then so be it. (This does not include head coach Jeff Fisher, who is more hamstrung in decision-making than most would believe; a loosening of the strings would be in order, though.)
If that means going out and finding a few old defensive backs who have been put out to pasture but still have some life left in them, fine, go get them.
If this includes replacing Kerry Collins with Vince Young to at least find out if Young can handle the pressure of the situation, get him in there and let's see if he can stay afloat.
At the very least they can find out what his market value is.
Maybe buying the receivers special "receiver" gloves—the kind with the butyl rubber coating that is one molecule shy of being "stick'um"—to improve their ball-catching abilities would be a wise investment.
While they're at it, they could send someone to the liquor store to pick up a bottle of tequila for LenDale White.
They definitely need to get the ball to Chris Johnson more; all he has done is run his tail-end off all season.
He can't do it alone though, so the rest of the team is gonna have to step up.
No one truly expects the Titans to run the table and make the playoffs this year; right now, that sounds as silly as suggesting that they can make themselves feel better by losing close games instead of blowouts the rest of the season.
They can, however, make it known that their troubles are behind them and put all the teams on the remainder of their schedule on notice: when you come to play us, you'd better bring your "A" game, because the silliness is over.
Next season may bring a whole new lineup to the table, but this season there is little choice but to work with what you have.
Like a good friend of mine said recently, it's time to put on the big-boy pants and go to work.