For fans who feel better after crushing losses if an eccentric owner rants, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessee provides this from the Tennessee’s Bud Adams on the heels of the Titans 51-20 loss:
“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself, and fans of the Titans. We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.
“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”
So unhappy was Adams that he left after three quarters to head home to Houston.
Coach Mike Munchak is an Adams favorite, as is senior executive vice president/COO president Mike Reinfeldt. Both are former players for the Houston Oilers, and Munchak is a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Last year, in Munchak’s first as Jeff Fisher’s replacement, the Titans posted a 9-7 record and qualified as a surprise.
This year’s team is giving up 34 points a game and has lost blowouts to the Patriots, Chargers, Texans, Vikings and Bears.
Adams doesn’t meddle nearly as much as he did back when the team was in Houston, though he forced the issue when Vince Young was the No. 3 pick in 2006. He called out Fisher and his staff once in the early 2000s and the Titans' play improved dramatically, making him feel as if his comments sparked a turn around.
There are talent limitations with this team that are likely to prevent that from happening, though the toughest section of the schedule is past.
Munchak doesn’t need his boss to publicly threaten his future in order for him to know just how badly things are going.
But he’s got that now too.
Check Wyatt's piece for players reflections on just where this loss ranked, and for a hint about when, or if, Adams will be back to see them play again soon.