Sunday, November 10, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans' 29-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field:
Tick, tick: The extra time Mike Munchak took getting to his postgame interview didn’t give him time to come up with any answers, but it did buy some of his players time to make a getaway before another, bigger wave of tough questions arrived. Typically the locker room doors open as the coach heads into his news conference. Munchak took quite a bit longer than that after a loss he couldn’t explain. Kenny Britt, a receiver the Titans are going to need if Damian Williams misses time with a quad injury, was out of the locker room as quickly as anyone.
Bad sign: Jake Locker is awaiting further tests, but his right foot injury had him on crutches in the second half and after the game. He said he was praying it’s not a season-ending injury, which means there is potential it might be. I’m often uncomfortable with the injury-prone label. But Munchak said he can’t imagine Locker’s ready to play in four days, which will mean in two seasons the quarterback has suffered three injuries that will have cost him at least a start. It’s hard for a young team structured to grow around a quarterback to do so when he’s in and out.
Truly miserable: A lot of the team was out of the room when tight end Delanie Walker was still in a towel sitting in front of his locker. How long guys lament a terrible day in the locker room isn’t the surest sign of how much they care. But it’s hard to make a case that he’s not near the top of the list in terms of how upset he was over a result that dropped his team to below .500 again. Stay tuned for some of what he said.
Old friends: Former Colts GM Bill Polian, now of ESPN, and Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell chatted at halftime in the Titans' press box. Caldwell came up as part of Polian’s Indianapolis staff. Check out my Instagram for a picture.