The Tennessee Titans are one of the worst teams in the NFL. Sure, we're better than the Texans who we soundly beat a couple of weeks ago, but then again Kentucky could beat the Texans right now. So, that win isn't really a gauge of how good or bad we are in my mind. Also, our other win this year was against the Ravens, who it looks as if we really got up to play...I'm beginning to wonder if we used up all our emotion, heart and resolve in that game because I ain't seeing it anymore.
It's so bad that it's almost script-like. Titans come out, do fairly well in the first quarter--sustain drives, put up points and then..the second quarter starts and it's like there's a completely different team out there on the field. Today's game against the lowly, pathetic Arizona Cardinals was a prime example. (On a related note: We couldn't be the freakin' Cardinals! Their one win before now was against the 49ers who, let's face it, the Riverdale football team could beat right now!) We looked good in the first quarter, driving, making plays, Billy Volek stepping in nicely for Steve McNair...and then the second quarter starts and the Titans look like it's suddenly pre-season again. And this is not exactly a new thing--this seems to be happening in EVERY GAME THIS YEAR! I'm not sure what's going on--our defense plays well enough and tries to give the offense opportunities, which they bungle and drop or cough up the ball. And today, we turned into the walking wounded with players seeming to drop like flies.
All I know is that today's game felt like the first quarter took five minutes and the last three felt like I was slowly having a painful, extreme root canal done for six to eight hours. I did get my wish from last week to see if Billy Volek could do better than Steve McNair and, if anything, this should show you why I'm here, sitting at my computer and playing airchair QB on my Madden NFL game and Jeff Fisher and company are out there earning the big bucks. Cause apparently starting Volek didn't help things--though early on it seemed as if it would. And I have to say it--Travis Henry, I love ya man, but your stupidity in violating the NFL's substance abuse policy has not endeared you to me as a Titan. We needed you today--esp. with Chris Brown down and out. Jarrod Petyon is a good story but it was night and day between Peyton and Brown running the ball. We desparately needed Henry today and yet, he's unavailable. Doesn't his suspension end soon? I think it's either next week or the week after.
Not that it seems to matter...cause our offense is looking anemic. Watching the game, there were times when we seemed listless and uninterested. Someone on this team has to step up, take a leadership role and get this ball rolling...or else an already long year is going to turn into a long couple of years. I know we're a rebuilding mode, but I honestly expected to see better results and signs of improvement coming. So far, I have to say this--last year's offense lost a lot of games, but at least it was more entertaining and fun to watch. This year's Norm Chow experiment is not going well. Not well at all.
In positive news--my beloved Redskins finally found a whipping boy and generated a million yards on offense, spanking the hapless 49ers 52-17. It's great to see the offense catch fire--but I sure hope we saved some points for the next couple of weeks as we start to face division foes such as the Giants and Eagles. I have to admit that a big part of me is happy to see the NFC East back to its glory days of being one of the best divisions in the NFL.
Oh and the Cowboys lost...so that's good news too!
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/23/2005 06:59:00 PM