JOE BIDDLE: Titans fall to 2-9 Jaguars 24-19 - WKRN News 2

JOE BIDDLE: Titans fall to 2-9 Jaguars 24-19


Well, it seems the Titans couldn't, or didn't, use the bye week to their advantage.

Coaches usually use that time during the bye week to clean up mistakes that have cost them dearly.

But after watching the Jacksonville Jaguars snap a seven-game losing streak at the Titans' expense, I can only draw one conclusion: The Titans are what they are. And that is a 4-7 team that lost to a 2-9 team with a backup quarterback.

It's not how, it's how many. And how many missed tackles do Titans fans have to be subjected to? How many opponents do Titans fans have to watch running free downfield to catch passes from someone named Chad Henne?

Remember when former Titans coach Jeff Fisher used to jokingly call Jacksonville's stadium the Titans second home?

Guess what? The joke is on the Titans.

They continue to make the same mistakes.

The first series of the game, the Titans intercepted a Jaguars pass deep in their end of the field and could only make eight yards before kicking a 38-yard chip shot field goal by Rob Bironas.

That, Titans fans was pretty much the highlight of the day.

There were way too many open receivers, way too many missed tackles. Sorry, but that goes on the head coach and his assistants.

Obviously, they can't get it corrected.

So any chance of this Titans team making a playoff run is only a pipe dream. Laughable, really.

Case in point was a 59-yard touchdown pass from Henne to Cecil Shorts that put Jacksonville up 14-6 in the third quarter.

Shorts pulled the Titans pants down as he managed to avoid being touched by four defenders. Jordan Babineaux was matched up with Shorts, but Babineaux was a lost ball in high weeds.

It's plays such as this that drive fans insane and get coaches fired.

Week after week we hear Titans Coach Mike Munchak says they can correct the mistakes they made the previous game. More often than not, the same mistakes raise their ugly heads and take another bite out of a Titans team that is going nowhere.

The margin of error is already shaved close enough in the NFL. The Titans margin of error barely registers on the mistake meter.

Jags Coach Mike Mularkey promised his players a post-game chest bump if they knocked off the Titans. True to his word, he met every player at the locker room door.

Maybe Munchak should consider something similar to bring his team out of the fog. Perhaps a Taser blast would be appropriate for every costly mistake.

There were some signs of hope. The Titans sacked Henne seven times. They were more aggressive than usual, blitzing more than usual. That was positive for the front seven, as they showed a lot of energy.

But if the secondary continues to get burned time after time, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray should consider purchasing fire-retardant uniforms.

It was yet another game the Titans coulda, shoulda but woulda not win.

If this type performance continues, Titans owner Bud Adams needs to take inventory as to whether he has the right people in place, from the front office on down.

The empty seats at LP Field will continue to grow in numbers. It's a strong message. Titans fans won't accept watching the train wrecks they keep coming back for. They pay high dollar in discretionary income to get nothing in return.

Houston is next. No problem, right? They'll get things corrected, ironed out this week. Look at the films and get it straight.

If you believe that, I've got a riverfront junkyard close to LP Field to sell you.

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