- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After the Titans loss to San Francisco on Oct. 20, safety Bernard Pollard sent a message to his teammates: “If you don’t want to help us, get out of the way.”
A similar message resurfaced Sunday after the Titans lost to previously winless Jacksonville.
Had the Titans won, they would have been playing Thursday night at home against the Colts with first place in the AFC South on the line.
Instead Tennessee will be trying just to get back to .500 again.
Tight end Delanie Walker was furious and said he wants to get to the bottom of the problem.
“I do not know what’s wrong,” Walker said. “I’m new here. I’m trying to figure it out. I feel like we had a great opportunity, we got a great team, everybody here plays great. The talk might be bigger than they walk, I don’t know…
“A lot has surprised me. You lose to an 0-8 a team at our home field? C’mon. After what we just did to St. Louis? That don’t surprise you?"
As Walker continued, he sounded like a locker room oncologist.
“Quick week,” he said. “Everybody better be ready for practice tomorrow. I don’t want to hear no one talking. You better be ready to play or people are getting called out. I think it’s about that time to start calling people out. Who really wants to be here? If they don’t want to be here, go tell the coaches, get up on out of here, we don’t need you, you’re holding us down.
“We’ve got to find that cancer because it’s slowing us down. We’re going to have to find out.”