There are a few teams in the NFL that have started out 0-2, but not many of those games have been as embarrassing as the two that the Tennessee Titans have witnessed. After yesterday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, 38-10 they need to do some serious changing not only on the field but in their attitudes.
Last week, against the New England Patriots, Tom Brady went 23-of-31 for 236 yards, and two touchdowns against the Titans. On Sunday, Philip Rivers went 24-of-31 for 284 yards, and three.
Chris Johnson, one of the Titans leading running backs, was quick to point fingers at the Titans’ offense. He was making statements like, “People need to step up and do their job…They don’t need to let people beat them. It don’t matter who the opposing defense is, you can’t let your guy beat you. You just can’t give up plays. You have to make plays like they make plays. I can’t speak for the defense. I can only speak for the offense.”
He was calling out everyone on the offensive line. It wasn’t until he made the following comment with the word “we” in it, that he acknowledged that he might not be doing his part either. Considering he is coming off the worst season of his career in 2011 and has only received 21 rushing yards on 19 carries.
“The run game ain’t working, We just aren’t executing the plays. I don’t know why we’re not.”
In the past two games of this regular season Johnson has 19 carries for just 21 rushing yards. Starting quarterback Jake Locker finished going 15-of-30 passes for only 174 yards. He managed to connect with rookie wide receiver, Kendall Wright, for the team’s only touchdown of the game.
The biggest problem for the Titans seemed to be on third down. They had a lot of three-and-outs. They went 1-for-9 on third down. Repeat, they only had nine third downs.
Coach Mike Munchak mentioned that the trouble in the run game was most severe on third down, but even more so in the redzone. “We went down and got the field goal, which again, would’ve been nice to convert it (with a touchdown). It’s another time we got stopped in the red zone. That’s hurting us, too, these first two games.”
Because of the issues in the redzone, it has been the Rob Bironas show for Tennessee so far this year. With Bironas being one of the most solid kickers that the NFL has seen, it’s one player that the Titans can count on consistently for points.