On Sunday afternoon I found myself watching the RedZone channel more than my own team, and the funny thing is they were on there more than any other team. Just not scoring of course. I'm sure most of you were doing the same thing. This loss is a tad easier to swallow than the at home Chicago blowout or the New England blizzard blowout a couple of seasons ago, at least it was to me. Why was this easier to deal with you say? Simple answer; low expectations. If you said, the Titans are gonna win today after that win on Monday night, with that patchwork offensive line we have, you are in denial. If you did, I applaud your faith in the team.
Look at it this way. How much lower can this team fall? After the Chicago loss i asked the same thing and I was a tad surprised they can sink even lower than that. Even with todays loss being quite the embarrassment the Titans can't really sink lower than this. Even with this coming Sunday's season finale against the Jag's could potentially be a loss, it's a win in some way.
Biggest reason it's a win even in a loss, the debacle this season has become, is finally over. It sucks to watch other teams in the playoffs, realizing that it sure would be nice to see your own team. After this past season aren't you just glad it's finally over. I know I am, and one of my favorite things to do during the offseason is mock-draft and look at potential free agency.
The draft is going to be the most important draft the Titans have had in years. Will they actually draft for need this year or are they going to take the best available? I liked the Kendall Wright pick this last year, but with hindsight being 20/20, wouldn't they had been better to take an offensive guard or some kind of secondary player. This coming draft the Titans will be picking around 6-9 in the first round depending on how next weeks games play out. We will get the guy we want and he will have to make a difference immediately. What are we gonna go with and offensive lineman, and edge rusher, or a shutdown corner of some sort? One of those positions would be perfect for the Titans to fill with or are we gonna go with something else i.e. Linebacker or even a defensive tackle? Will find out.
No more injuries finally. The Titans have 1 offensive lineman from camp that is still playing and he is the massively under-apprecaited Michael Roos. Eugene Amano, David Stewart, Steve Hutchinson, Leroy Harris, Kevin Matthews, and now Mike Otto all being put on injured reserve is extremely disheartening and at the same time its impossible to stop a any kind of pass rush from any team. Jared Cook, who was finally getting into somewhat of an offensive groove, got a hip injury and is out. Safety Robert Johnson is out. Do I need to go on?
The potential for a change at the head coaching position is a good thing to look at this offseason. I have been an adamant supporter of coach Munchack, but he is not getting it done. Yes, he was dealt a bad hand when he was offered the job during the lockout and had to fill his staff at the last minute. Still you are an NFL coach and you should be able to work with what you have and make it work. He has not. A little fresh blood wouldn't hurt at the head coaching position. There is an array of college coaches looking to make the next step. Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly comes to mind. He has said he would go on to the next level if the right situation is available. How many ex-head coach's would like a crack at it again. Brian Billick comes to mind (yes loyal Titans fans how would think about ex-Ravens coach Brian Billick as our coach, well drastic times call for drastic measure). How many assistants are looking to jump at the bit to become a head coach, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell comes to mind. So change can be a good thing and with the recent comments by owner Bud Adams, heads could roll after the last game.
So really this last game was like taking off a band-aid, a really large band-aid. Very painful but thank god it is over, and we have one more band-aid to take off. Hopefully it won't be as painful as this last one.