So we've been pissed and angry all week. It seems the whole fanbase is drinkin the haterade wh en it comes to our Tennessee Titans, only 2 games in and we are losing hope. Years ago this wouldn't scare us as much as it seems to be scaring us now. I'm not going to sit her and claim it's on the front office or the line. It all comes down to we need our players to play better, we need fire, we need leadership, but from where?
- Jake Locker- Jake gets an A when it comes to leadership, considering he's a rookie and he's already done enough to actually gain the locker room's respect. He can only lead by example until he can find his voice amongst his team-mates. The other players can only respect his fire and passion for the game. Last week vs. New England he injured his shoulder and was still willing to come in and finish what he started, losing or not, he wanted to lose with his team. The team shouldn't let his effort go without playing as hard as they can for 60 minutes like he does.
- Nate Washington- Last season we seen great strides in the character of a man who in most accounts was very arrogant and undeserving of his spot. He proved them wrong, when Kenny went down he proceeded to not only play with his whole heart and soul, but also do that while nursing several injuries. The play where he makes a clutch catch and Cj had to help him off the field still sits in my mind. He needs to become a vocal leader of the offense. Not the lone one, but he is needed in that regard. Nobody is executing, and nobody is playing sharp. He needs to get in their face and make his peers accountable for their miscues, and he needs to get the WR corps in check, because we cannot win without them being consistent.
- Chris Johnson- Johnson probably will never become a vocal leader, but this week he was reported to have called out the offense, saying they all need to do their jobs. Unlike everybody else I hope he doesn't back off that statement. I'm pretty sure everybody remembers when he was lighting the field on fire with his speed and downright outstanding plays. What made defenses really frustrated was that all he was doing was having fun every Sunday. We all know you're not having fun now, don't let nothing spoil the game you've grown to love that's made you a pretty rich man. When your line isn't playing well do something, if you can make a big play in the passing game show some fire, we need more passion out of our skill players on offense. Show them that the game isn't hopeless, show them you can still help them win.
- Michael Griffin- Dude I get it, you're a free safety being asked to play strong safety. It's a pretty big mental adjustment to make, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. You're physically gifted, you used to lay the hat down in your college days, and you still can. I think you're unsure of yourself in that strong spot, biting on playfakes, missing tackles, not playing aggressive enough. You need to just stop thinking and play. Instincts are key in the pro level, whatever you feel is right do. If you mess up, do it at full speed, don't look like a spineless slug back there, the LB corps is inexperienced and hurt, that means you're going to have to pick up slack. Play like you want to hurt whoever you're lined up against, smack these guys in the mouth, you have to be THE guy in the backfield
- Jason McCourty- We all know you're the better twin, but you still have not proved it. Without Finny it seems like our defense is a bit slack in a vocal leader on this team. The pass rush is getting better, you're improving so much as a player, and you have the DBs playing pretty good. Just don't let up, keep playing well. When someone misses an assignment let them know, you've got the Juice now Jason, use it or lose it to the next guy
We can't just count on the coaches to be the leaders, when it comes to being ready Sunday afternoons the best way to do so is to show what you got on the field and be a mental giant. You have to do better than you've been doing and you all have to play up to your abilities. For some people on this team there is no "next season" there is no next week, shit happens in this league and the only thing that matters is right now and right now, we have to prepare for the Detroit Lions, who are great in their own rights and hungry coming off oft a loss. You can't let this game show we're a weak team. I'm tired of the Titans lacking identity, there is going to be an identity to this team and we'll show it by being resilient. A defense that is immovable for three downs not just 2, an offense that's a juggernaut with weapons sorrounding our fearless Jake Locker. Our team is better than how we're playing. Get better, play harder, prepare better, we're going to go far this season. A former Titan said before games "You play with a controlled rage" I want to see a cup full of that rage this Sunday at LP field.