The Tennessee Titans fumbled and bungled their way on Sunday to their worst loss of the season, leading owner Bud Adams to say his team was "grossly outclassed" and vow to "look at all alternatives" to improve the team.
The Titans were blown out 51-20 by Chicago at home on a day they committed five turnovers, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and were called for a slew of penalties. They even failed to line up correctly at times.
"In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans," Adams told the (Nashville) Tennessean. "We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today.
"At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team."
Adams, 89, told the Tennessean that he was so disheartened by the team's effort that he left in the third quarter so he could fly home to Houston.
"I just can't be flying up there to see that happen," Adams told the newspaper.
Second-year Titans coach Mike Munchak acknowledged after the game that if the Titans don't improve, his job might be in jeopardy.
"If a team underperforms, I'm the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches. It starts with me," Munchak said, according to the Tennessean. "If we don't finish this season the way (we) should, then what needs to happen will happen. Sure, it starts with me, I'm the head coach."
Last year, Munchak's first as Jeff Fisher's replacement, the Titans posted a 9-7 record and qualified as a surprise.
In the lead-up to the Bears game, Titans coaches preached the need to take care of the ball against a defense that came in with 23 turnovers and tied for the league lead with 16 interceptions. The Titans were warned, even, about Bears cornerback Charles Tillman -- that didn't help, apparently, as he forced four fumbles.
"We talked about it," Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. "Every time I've played the Bears, we talk about it. They are very good at it. I don't think I've ever seen them do such an amazing job of getting the ball out. Partly credit them. Right now for us, we are blaming ourselves."
The Titans (3-6) lost their second straight game by allowing Chicago (7-1) to post its highest point total since 1980. This time, a defense that came in 31st in the league by giving up 32.1 points per game was pounded for its worst showing since a 59-0 loss to New England on Oct. 18, 2009.
The Bears already had topped the 50-point mark with 10 minutes left in the game. They posted their highest-scoring game since matching a team record in a 61-7 win over Green Bay on Dec. 7, 1980. Chicago fans took over LP Field, booing any video highlights featuring the rival Packers and frequently chanting "Let's go Bears!"
"It was weird," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. "I had to hush the crowd down in the red zone, and they got quiet really quick. We have the best fans in the world."
Information from ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and The Associated Press was used in this report.