- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Munchak likes to talk about guys being professionals and doing their job.
But there should be some serious shakeout for all the penalties in the game. Not every call is going to be right, but 11 penalties for 116 yards by nine different players certainly does not fit under the heading of being a professionals and doing your job.
Tennessee fans were up in arms about the officiating and had a couple of legitimate complaints. Eric Weddle got away with pass interference against Justin Hunter. Kenny Britt was flagged for an illegal block above the waist that looked like a hand on the back.
Still, the Titans amassed 10 penalties for 110 yards in the first half before settling down. San Diego got four first downs from penalties while the Chargers committed five for 45 yards and gave up first downs from infractions.
“It’s frustrating because when you see them on tape I think a lot of them are touch fouls,” coach Munchak said. “I think a lot of them seem unnecessary.”
I wasn’t in the room and in talking to a few people who were, it’s unclear if he meant they were unnecessary to commit or unnecessary to call.
I sure hope he’s not making excuses.
Many of his players and his offensive coordinator and were not.
“As a team we definitely have to be smarter, because those penalties are going to come back and bite us,” cornerback Jason McCourty said.
“It’s discipline,” left guard Andy Levitre said. “That’s something we have addressed as a team and obviously it’s yet to be fixed. I don’t know how we’re going to go about it. Obviously it’s up to the coaches. But we have to do a better job with that, that’s going to cost us big-time down the road.”
“That’s unacceptable and we’ve talked about it three weeks in a row,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “We need to find a way to fix that because it’s not smart football.”
A rundown of Sunday’s offenders: