The Titans franchise has long been criticized for playing an out-dated style of football; a brand of play that was more suited to the mid-seventies than the new millennium. Well, you can kiss that stodgy image good-bye, because few franchise have been as innovative and groundbreaking in finding new ways to kick themselves in the balls as we have the past two weeks.
Bulluck is right, now is time to panic. Remember: it's completely ok to yell 'Fire!' in a crowded theater if the damn thing is burning down... or even if your team is 0-3 and really the fire is just someone with one of those silly i-Phone apps that makes the screen look like a cigarette lighter.
For the best coverage of yesterday's debacle, make sure you listen to Jimmy and I discuss it all in last night's podcast. We even address the Vince Young talk in a completely non-dismissive fashion!!!111!!!1.
Follow us through the jump to hear people take blame for mistakes that still piss you off...
In what will surely become the running theme for this week, Kerry Collins mans-up and takes much of the blame for that terrible game. As does Ryan Mouton. Expect to see a lot of this kind of stuff this week.
Expect news on the injuries to Vincent Fuller and Cortland Finnegan later today after they have MRIs, etc. If that news isn't good news on both fronts then we're even more effed in the a than the average 0-3 team.
I pretty much agree with Wyatt's grades here, including the two Fs:
SPECIAL TEAMS: F
Rookie return man Ryan Mouton had a miserable game. He fumbled a kickoff and a punt, setting up two New York touchdowns. The gift-wrapped 14 points changed the game. In the fourth quarter, the Titans gave up a 37-yard punt return by Jim Leonhard. Kicker Rob Bironas made a 38-yard field goal after missing practice time Friday with an ankle injury.
Coach Jeff Fisher greatly overestimated his personnel in the return game heading into the season. It bit him and his team in the butt on Sunday. Mouton’s faux pas ultimately cost the Titans the game, but the rookie shouldn’t have been in that position. Fisher has to find someone who can do the job, but faces an even bigger task in making sure his team doesn’t completely unravel after a 0-3 start.
What am I doing today to stop from completely freaking out? Going back and reading every story like this one I can get my browser to load about how this wasn't really a must win game for us. Well, that and listening to the saddest blues songs ever recorded.
If there's one thing I learned from watching ER back in the day, it's the meaning of the phrase 'call it'. I don't know if I'm with the Posse yet, but I can feel the terror as well.
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