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JOE BIDDLE: Titans go in tank for Jags; could lose Locker for season

Posted: Updated: Nov 10, 2013 06:13 PM
Titans quarterback Jake Locker on crutches on the sidelines during Sunday's game. Titans quarterback Jake Locker on crutches on the sidelines during Sunday's game.

To a man, the Titans vowed they didn't overlook a sad-sack 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars team.

If true, and only they know for real, that's even more telling when they lost, 29-27. At home, no less.

There were a variety of emotions running through a Titans bath house where even the hottest of showers could not wash away the agony of losing a game that never should have been in doubt.

"I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed,'' Titans tight end Delanie Walker repeated. "This (Jaguars) team ain't won no games. They come to our house and they beat us. I mean they flat out beat us.''

To rub salt in the wound, they were told the division leading Colts were blown out by St. Louis.

"That's terrible. It hurts. Everyone in here hurts. You lose to a team like that, c'mon,'' Walker said. "We lose to Jacksonville at home, a team that was 0-8. I mean, c'mon.''

Defensive end Derrick Morgan had his own thoughts on how the Titans managed to blow what would have been an opportunity to make a statement.

"It's sickening. Sickening,'' Morgan said. "We had a chance to make a move up in our division.

"We were treating (the Jaguars) like any other week. We weren't looking at their record and saying, oh, this is Jacksonville. We weren't thinking like that, so I can't explain what really went on. I just felt we weren't ready.''

The good thing is that they don't have any time to drown their sorrows. No one is going to plan a pity party. They have a puffed up Colts team that would like nothing better than to come in LP Field and repeat what the Jaguars did.

That game will be even more difficult to win for the Titans, as they may not have the services of starting quarterback Jake Locker, who limped off the field and into the locker room after being tackled in the second quarter.

The Tennessean filed a report that strongly suggested Locker may be out for the season with a right foot injury.

The report by beat writer Jim Wyatt said the injury could "most likely'' sideline Locker for the season and that it "could end up needing surgery.''

Locker never returned and watched from the sideline on crutches.

His availability for Thursday night's game is highly unlikely. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick was 22 of 33 for 264 yards and two touchdowns in an attempt to overcome the 13-0 deficit he inherited.

But the myriad of mistakes on both sides of the ball left the Titans grasping for answers that never materialized. Three lost fumbles, an interception and six penalties only hampered the Titans ability to escape with a win.

"There's nothing we can say. We got outplayed. It was embarrassing…. It really didn't matter what they were doing,'' Morgan said.

"We were killing ourselves from the start and gave them hope. We just gave them way too many opportunities.''

It was a perfect example that there are no guarantees in the NFL. Every Sunday presents a different challenge.

"This is a nice reminder to everybody in that locker room that this is the NFL,'' Fitzpatrick said. "There are no bad teams in the NFL. You can get beat on any single day if you don't show up.

"There's a lot of stuff that happened in that game that didn't go our way and a lot of it was because of us. There's nobody to blame but us and we've got a quick turnaround here and have got to get better.''

If there was a positive to take away from the loss, it is that the Titans don't have time to think about all the what-if scenarios. They need to get this bad taste out of their mouths.

"I think there is so much disappointment right now in the locker room with the loss and everything, sometimes I think the best thing is to get out there and play again,'' Fitzpatrick said.

"The easiest way is to get out there and get a win.''

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