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COMMENTARY BY JOE BIDDLE: Loss should put Titans' job security in jeopardy

After losing their third straight game in Indianapolis Sunday, I think the only person in the organization whose job should not be on the line is Bud Adams.

 

Adams can’t fire the owner, but everyone else is fair game.

 

It defies logic that a team can look as sharp and productive as the Titans did in the first half, only to revert to a team the fans have come to know as the real Titans.

 

They looked like the New England Patriots in the first half and the Bad News Bears in the second half in losing a back-breaking 27-23 decision. The Titans scored a robust three points in the final two quarters.

 

I guess the Titans could go in the tank and try to gain the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. But even that wouldn’t produce a player guaranteed to put the Titans on his back and turn this dismal franchise around.

 

They keep saying the young players are developing and will be solid in the future. Hate to slip it to them, but the future is now in the NFL.

 

They can’t afford to wait three years for a Derrick Morgan to show he was worth a first round pick. They can’t afford to wait for Kenny Britt to get on the field, stay healthy and stay out of trouble.

 

They can’t afford to wait for quarterback Jake Locker to gain consistency and accuracy in the passing game. This is basically Locker’s first year as a starter and the first- round draft pick from Washington hasn’t shown that he can be as productive as true rookies Andrew Luck of the Colts and Washington’s Robert Griffin III.

 

Luck has played like a veteran NFL quarterback since the first day, while RGIII brings several dimensions to the position. He can bring the Redskins out of the funk the organization has encumbered in the Danny Snyder era.

 

On defense there is no J.J. Watt on the Titans roster. He wears a Texans jersey, which further rubs the rival Titans the wrong way.

 

The 11th pick in the 2011 draft, the former Wisconsin Badger is putting up MVP numbers from his defensive end spot. The Titans have no one on their roster that looks and plays like Watt.

 

He started all 16 games as a rookie and is playing like a man possessed this season. No sophomore slump for this high energy Watt.

 

Oh, you get glimpses of greatness from different Titans players. But there is no consistent bell cow that coach Mike Munchak can count on to produce every week.

 

They have to do some serious introspection in the Titans organization.

 

They haven’t won a playoff game since 2003 when they went 12-4 and beat the Ravens before losing to the Patriots. They have only made the playoffs twice since then. They were 10-6 in 2007 and lost in the first round. They came back the following season, posted a 13-3 record only to go home after losing their first playoff game to Baltimore.

 

So it will be nine years with only two playoff games to show for it. The last eight years, the Titans are an unimpressive 63-65. That number will drop even more after this season that stands at 4-9.

 

Bud Adams can’t be happy. He needs to hold those not carrying their weight accountable.

 

It will only get worse if he fails to act.   

 

 

Joe Biddle is a four-time sports writer of the year winner in Tennessee. He can be reached at joebiddle11@gmail.com


Posted on: 12/11/2012

 
 

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