Going back to the Houston Oilers days, I have always admired this franchise.
But ever since Jeff Fisher, a coach I used to look up to, brought in the thug, Chuck Cecil as his defensive coordinator to teach low blows and dirty techniques, I have lost my admiration and most importantly, my respect for Fisher and the entire franchise (Mr. Cecil was just fined $40,000 for his "vote of confidence" signalling the NFL referees as No. 1).
This is an organization on the way down, in both wins on the field and in respect from the rest of the NFL.
Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton called out specific Tennessee players (CB Cortland Finnegan in particular) for going after RG Chris Kuper with blows to the back of his head when his helmet had already been ripped off. He also went after the entire Titans organization for late hits on the line after the whistle.
Hard play in the trenches is a fact of life and expected in the NFL. But taking advantage of a player when his helmet is off just because you have been beaten is not a sign of manhood, it is the sign of cowardice.
I understand a player getting frustrated after he and/or his team has been "owned" at the point of attack and his team is losing a game they were expected to win (6.5-point favorites at home). But when you are beaten, man-up and accept that you have lost to a better team or at least respect the other team for winning the game.
Some people have ripped Orton for calling out the Titans for being thugs and poor losers. If Denver had lost the game, maybe I could see how that might be construed as being a poor loser.
But when the Broncos won, I find it just another example underlining that Orton is the true leader of this team and stands up for his teammates as they would for him. He took six sacks on this day and kept on fighting. His beef wasn't about being sacked or hit, it was about the dirty play against his fellow team mates that caused him to speak out.
The double losers in all this are the Titans for losing a game they were expected to win at home but also Jeff Fisher, who has lost control of his team and also the respect of much of the rest of the NFL, its fans and fellow coaches.
Oh, and Mr. Fisher and your Titans team and coaching staff—payback is a bit@h.
Just one NFL fan(atic)'s opinion.