Have you seen enough Titans fans?
Can you see any light at the end of the tunnel, or is that another Peyton Manning touchdown pass?
The sad thing about Sunday’s 51-28 Mile High Meltdown was that the Titans had to endure a long flight and 15-degree weather. They should have mailed it in and headed to Cabo for a week.
Mike Munchak has kept a stiff upper lip and I think he truly believes his team is better than it has shown. But the bottom line is they are 5-8. They just got turned over Peyton Manning’s knee and spanked. If the Titans decision makers believe this franchise is going to be competitive now, or in the future under present management, they’re living in a fantasy world.
Who is going to turn them around? Tommy Smith? His name is on top of the flow chart, but he has no experience running an NFL franchise. He didn’t like living here when he made the move from Houston when the team relocated when former owner Bud Adams ran the ship. Adams recently passed away at 90 years old and handed the keys to Smith’s wife and a second daughter. The only relative who has a clue is Bud’s grandson, Kenneth. He is a sharp University of the South graduate who has been with the organization since he graduated. But he is in his late 20s and not ready for prime time.
So they will probably listen to Munchak and General Manager Ruston Webster and allow them to keep on keeping on.
They certainly have no expertise on whom to hire as a head coach if they let Munchak go. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, be careful what you wish for.
I’m not pinning all the blame on Munchak. The players are still getting 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct or unnecessary roughness. Those are mental mistakes and prevent winning games.
They are undisciplined and quite frankly not very good. They don’t have one player on the 53-man roster that is a game changer. Not one credentialed Hall of Fame player in the building except for Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews and their knees won’t hold up in a game.
They were allowed to spend approximately $100 million on free agents for this season and the team is worse. How you explain that? I have no clue.
They have a quarterback who has been injury prone and missed a large part of the past two seasons. I like everything about Jake Locker, but the fact he hasn’t been able to play.
They have a decision to make on Locker and running back Chris Johnson, whose inconsistency drives you crazy. They have finally figured out Johnson is not an interior line runner. But he has a monster contract coming into play and they have to decide what to do with him.
NFL running backs are plentiful and come with a much cheaper price tag than Johnson.
Perhaps with another coaching staff, one that brings a full passion bucket to work every day, this core group of players could be more successful. It’s not working now, hasn’t worked and Munchak has had three years to make progress.
The fan base won’t continue to back a sub-.500 team. The price is too high to endure the sad Sundays they have been subjected to. When those empty seats continue to multiply, then perhaps someone will make some hard decisions.
But who? When?
Contact Wilson Post Sports Colmunist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.