Solutions needed for Titans’ bad start
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:00 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Disappointed. Upset. Frustrated. Embarrassed. Gloomy.
The Tennessee Titans are wallowing in their emotions after an ugly and inept start to the season that has them winless after two games.
They knew the opening month would be tough, having to face Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers — with Matthew Stafford and Matt Schaub looming. Just not this tough.
The Titans have been dominated by a combined score of 72-23 following a 38-10 bashing at San Diego Sunday. They can’t run, throw or get off the field on defense and already are at the bottom of several statistical categories just two weeks into the season.
Coach Mike Munchak is preaching patience, pointing to a couple plays here or there where Tennessee could have swung games.
As far as personnel changes, the second-year head coach said Monday his best players already are on the field.
“When you’re not winning when you’re 0-2, you’re always going to look at everything,” Munchak said Monday. “Everything always seems worse than it really is. It’s not as hard to fix things as you may think.”
The good news for Tennessee is that there’s almost nowhere else to go but up.
A running game that was next to last in the league last season now has dropped that last spot to No. 32 overall, and Chris Johnson is been outrushed by his own quarterback in each of the first two games.
Johnson has just 21 yards on 19 carries so far, while Jake Locker at least has run for 32 yards on four rushes.
Published in The Messenger 9.18.12