Friday, December 25, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Chargers 42, Titans 17
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans were hot coming in, but not as hot as the Chargers, who clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and the bye and home playoff game that comes with a 42-17 win at LP Field.
So much for the idea San Diego would be sluggish and unmotivated on the road, in the cold on Christmas night.
Tennessee’s playoff hopes are now dead, and the best the Titans can muster is 8-8. Sure a 7-1 run was nice, but it’s that 0-6 start that’s the story of their season.
A week from Monday or Tuesday, when this team gathers for the final time, Jeff Fisher will have to begin to answer for that.
He’s a highly respected coach who’s not going anywhere. But last year he officially became an underachieving playoff coach, and this year he was at his most inconsistent. He made more debatable decisions than at any point in his career as a head coach and was too easily surprised.
These Titans won’t be better than 8-8, which means a ninth non-winning season in 15 full seasons.
Even in a league created to make everyone .500 over any significant stretch of time, it’s a batting average that leaves a lot to be desired.