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5 Reasons Why Tennessee Titans are Pretenders

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5 Reasons Why the Tennessee Titans are Pretenders

Kendall Wright
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In the Foo Fighters' song, "The Pretender," there's a chorus that repeats, "So, who are you? Who are you?"

This is a question that the Tennessee Titans seem to continue to have trouble answering for themselves and for their fans.

The Titans were originally known as the Houston Oilers, one of the charter members of the American Football League, and later became original members of what we all know today as the NFL. They are among the league's stalwarts. In their long history, they have racked up nine division championships, 21 playoff appearances and one Super Bowl appearance, which resulted in a 16-23 loss to the St. Louis Rams in the 1999 season.

Tennessee is currently 5-6 for the season, and things don't seem to be looking up for them anytime soon. They currently hold the No. 2 spot in the AFC South division, after the Indianapolis Colts. Sadly, they are doing well in their division only due to the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans are both at a current dismal 2-9 record. Ironically, they lost to both of these teams this season. And of their five wins, maybe their 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers could be considered a win against a somewhat decent team.

They started out as this year as all teams did with lofty aspirations, winning three of their first four games. As other teams continue to focus and work on a better A-game, it appears the Titans' season is winding down to an unremarkable close. For a team with such a solid franchise history, it makes us wonder why they haven't made more happen for themselves and their fans.

Why aren't they the real deal, and what is going wrong for them this season?

Week 13 will see Tennessee face off against division rivals, No. 1 in their division, Indianapolis, a game in which the Titans are the underdogs, and from there, who knows where things will go? It looks like a lot of downhill.

So, who are the Titans? Following are five reasons why they are big pretenders, and maybe a peek at chances for them to dump some dead weight. Let me know if you agree or not.

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5. Head Coach Mike Munchak

Mike Munchak
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Three years ago, when Munchak came on board with the Titans, he went out and hand-picked his own staff with the intention of molding this Titans into winners again, and he had plenty of time to do it. Now, three years later, Tennessee is 4-11 in their division, and 3-16 against decent teams who have winning records. Every single year, without fail, they have lost to a winless team, late in the season. Lame...

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4. Quarterback Issues

Jake Locker
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What's a good NFL team without an amazing quarterback? Jake Locker was supposed to be one of his team's saving graces this year. Eight games into the season, he had only helped his team to four victories. Then he sustained a foot injury in a loss to the Jaguars, who had previously not had a win. His replacement, Ryan Fitzpatrick, has not had a chance to do much better, though he did manage to lead his team in a win against the Oakland Raiders Sunday. A bad time to be switching up quarterbacks.

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3. Return Game

Darius Reynaud
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The Titans' return game this season has been excruciating to watch this season. Darius Reynaud was let go after consistently poor decisions and repeated mistakes for seven games. Damian Williams, who replaced him, didn't really have much of a chance to show what he could do before he was also injured in the game against the Jaguars. Now, the Titans are counting on Devon Wylie, whose nickname is "Wiggles". He seems proud of that nickname, too. When you're an NFL team, and your return game is banking on a guy who people in some circles refer to as Wiggles, maybe you need to start rethinking some things.

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2. Offensive Line

Jake Locker
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Let's not beat around the bush. The Titans have had some major problems with their offensive line, who has not shown any ability to run block or pass this season. They'll have to get better if the Titans are serious about being taken seriously, but is there even a hope of salvaging what's left of the current season? They may not even have the talent on this team to perform any better than they are performing right now.

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1. Late Season Burnout

Titans Fan
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Let's all be honest -- they're burnt out. Fans are frustrated at another disappointing season, and barring some sort of divine intervening miracle, it's quite late to make a comeback now. Things are only going to continue crumbling more and more with each progressive loss. Better luck next year, guys.