It’s no fun writing about your favorite team after a loss. It’s especially trying after your favorite teams quits.
Mark December 5, 2010 as the day the Tennessee Titans followed Vince Young’s lead and quit on head coach Jeff Fisher.
Tennessee showed little resistance or competitiveness against an average team with a simple game plan: run the ball, then run some more. The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated in time of possession, enthusiasm, and the will to win.
The Titans are mathematically alive in the playoff chase, but their season effectively ended today. Expect Tennessee’s players and coaches to simply go through the motions and hope for a swift end to a season which began with promise and ended in disaster.
Bud Adams deserves better than this. However, since Adams kept Fisher on the payroll too long, the owner may be getting exactly what he deserves.
What happened to the Titans offense?
Chris Johnson and Randy Moss wear Titans uniforms, yet Tennessee’s offense generated 2 field goals against the Jaguars.
Is Kerry Collins that bad? Is Vince Young that good? Meltdown or not, we know the answers to these questions.
Oh, and did I mention that Tennessee’s offensive line is horrible? Veterans David Stewart and Jake Scott continue to play with a lack of discipline, and it appears that the Titans’ coached overestimated Leroy Harris and Eugene Amano’s talent.
What happened to the Titans defense?
Chris Hope and Gerald McRath combined for one sack of Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. A healthy Jason Jones and his defensive line mates were dominated by Jacksonville’s offensive line. Collectively, Tennessee’s defense allowed Maurice Jones-Drew to have a career day: 186 yards rushing on 31 carries.
I saw Michael Griffin embarrassed twice while trying to tackle Jacksonville’s running backs. Griffin and Cortland Finnegan seemed to give a half-hearted tackling effort today.
29 Days Until January 3
The only thing I’m anticipating is whether or not Bud Adams fires Jeff Fisher at the end of the season. Jacksonville — yes, the Jaguars, who were derided for drafting Tyson Alualu in April — may win the AFC South.
Meanwhile, expect the Colts to beat the Titans twice and for Tennessee to lose on the road in Kansas City.
I still give the Titans a slim chance to beat the perenially-inconsistent Houston Texans., but the realist in me knows the Titans may end the 2010 season with 9 straight losses.
Nine straight losses should end Fisher’s career as a Titan. Will Adams change his mind on whether the head coach and “his guy” Vince Young can get along in 2011? Will Adams decide to honor his contract with Fisher through the end of the 2011 season?
Major changes are in order, but Adams may wait another year before taking action.