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Titans give early Christmas gift to Colts
Posted By Robert Krueger On Dec 19 2011 @ 12:22 pm In Tennessee Titans | No Comments
What the heck happened? The Titans visit to Lucas Oil Stadium could not have gone worse than it did. The Colts (1-13) handed the Titans (7-7) a 27-13 beat down yesterday. The Titans led at the half 6-3 and outscored 24-7 in the second half. The Titans were hurt by three costly turnovers, highlighted by a Jacob Lacey interception return for a touchdown. That play signified Chris Johnson’s season….LACK OF EFFORT. Johnson nonchalantly reached for the pass and didn’t put forth the effort to knock it down. That play turned the momentum to the Colts and they never looked back. After trailing late in the game, Coach Mike Munchak hoped to spark something, turned to Jake Locker who led the Titans to their only touchdown of the game. He brought a spark to the Titans offensive. It could have been an component of the Colts playing a conservative defense, however Locker does have the mobility to make plays.
The running game was a non factor once again. Johnson was limited to 55 yards on 15 carries and if you take away the long run of 35 yards, he had 14 carries for 20 yards. I still can’t put my finger on whether it’s Johnson, the offensive line or Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer. Regardless, there will have to be some changes going into next season. As a team, the Titans rushed for 66 yards on 19 attempts. The defense made Donald Brown look like Barry Sanders. Brown rushed 16 times for 161 yards, capped off by a 80 yard touchdown run that sealed the Titans fate. On that play, the defense had Brown stopped for a 5 yard loss, only to maneuver out of Akeem Ayers grip, circle back and go down the sideline for the score. The defense did limit the Colts to 10 first downs, 287 total yards and 4 minutes less of time of possession. However, two huge plays cost the Titans the game. The first was the interception return by Lacey and the second the Brown TD run. The Titans have been able to stay away from the huge plays this season. Those type of plays swing the momentum faster than CJ2K ran the 40 yard dash at the combine.
Where was the sense of urgency? The coaching staff has to be the blame. They had an opportunity to beat a winless team and keep their playoff hopes alive, only to stink up the place. Munchak has to light a fire under his team. He stands there stoic and expressionless regardless of the situation. Personally, I would like to see some emotion out of him. Additionally, I believe the play calling yesterday was terrible. It was too predictable. Palmer lacks the innovation and creativity. Maybe he is hampered by the personnel. Nevertheless, you have to put your players in position to be successful and I believe Palmer failed to do so.
Next Saturday the Titans will be back home to face Jacksonville.
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