Tennessee Titans: Chuck Pagano

INDIANAPOLIS -- The AFC South will have two new head coaches next season: Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee and Bill O’Brien in Houston.

O’Brien is returning to the NFL after spending the past two seasons as the coach at Penn State. Whisenhunt, on the other hand, has fresh memory of teams in the AFC South.

The San Diego Chargers, where Whisenhunt was the team’s offensive coordinator, played teams from the AFC South last season.

The Chargers ran for 147 yards and were 7-of-14 on third down in their 19-9 victory over the Colts last October.

Whisenhunt is taking over a Tennessee team that finished 7-9 last season, including going 0-2 against Indianapolis. The Colts, who have the longest-tenured coach in the division in Chuck Pagano, won the division with an 11-5 record.

“If you look at what happened in Kansas City last year, you never know how things are going to change from year to year,” Whisenhunt said Thursday at the scouting combine. “I have a lot of respect for this division. I’ve played teams a number of times here. I’m excited about being in this division and competing.”

The Chiefs went from 2-14 in 2012 to having a complete turnaround by going 11-5 last season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since the Indianapolis Colts' 2012 revamp, the Tennessee Titans have figured out Indianapolis. For a half.

The Titans have led the Colts at the half three times. And three times they have blown the lead and lost.

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Eleven, 13 and seven point leads at intermission have proven insufficient for the Titans against the Colts.

“We played really well in the first half of that game (two weeks ago),” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “We need to find a way to finish. That’s two times in a row, two games I’ve called, where we need to find a way to put them away.

“I thought we moved the ball well in this last one, played pretty decent as an offense. We just need to find a way to score one more time in the third or fourth quarter.”

When the Colts came to Nashville on Nov. 14, they were coming off a 38-8 loss to St. Louis.

As the Titans head to Indianapolis, the Colts are coming off a 40-11 loss at Arizona.

Since Chuck Pagano became coach and Andrew Luck became quarterback, Indianapolis has not lost back-to-back games.

“Right now we’re at a point where we’ve got to go,” Titans safety Bernard Pollard said. “We can’t wait, we can’t compromise anything. We’ve got to play good football week-in and week-out. We don’t have time to let down. We’ve got to go.”

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