Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams certainly wasn't happy with Sunday's 55-7 drubbing by the Green Bay Packers, and he says he wants to sit down with the team executives immediately after next week's finale against Jacksonville to discuss the organization's problems.
“I want to get into it a soon as the season is over with, and that's one more game,” Adams told TitanInsider.
The Titans dipped to 5-10 on Sunday and once again were out of the game early as quarterback Jake Locker struggled to find any rhythm, and the defense turned in a terrible performance
“Watching that thing all day long, I couldn't believe that we couldn't get something going to score, but it just wasn't possible to do it,” Adams said by phone from his home in Houston.
Adams wasn't ready to make any sort of decision on the future of Coach Mike Munchak or any of the staff, but he said, “We can't keep losing games like we lost today, and I mean it. We've played some good games and looked pretty good at times. But we just need to sit down and go over everything, which I'm not making any decisions now.
“I have to sit down with them and get their views and their points on things and go from there. I'll be talking with them as soon as the season is over with, so we can see what it looks like down there.”
Adams understands the Titans are wracked with injuries and were up against a top team in the Packers, but he thinks such a beating is unacceptable.
Asked what he thought was the problem with the Titans, Adams said, “I wish I knew. We don't want to do like what we're doing today. We didn't score points today. We've got a couple of guys hurt too and that hurt us, but we just have to get together and go over everything.
“I want to see what they think and see what the staff can do about the system and what we have to do to clear it up and all that sort of thing. I wouldn't want to do anything until I can sit down and get their thoughts on this thing as far as what's wrong. And see what is the problem.”
While Adams stopped short of saying that he was cleaning house, the soon to be 90-year-old owner wants assurances the Titans will put a more competitive product on the field next season.
Seven times this season, the Titans have lost by at least two touchdowns.
“I'll be coming up there for this last game, and I told all the staff there that we weren't going to do anything about personnel until after the season.
“If we're gonna end up next year the same way, I'm not gonna be very happy. We've got to do something to make this thing work. We're the low team on the scoreboard, and that's no fun. If we're gonna lose like this, a lot of our customers aren't going to stay with us. ...We just have to get into it and find out what is the answer to the problem and what we need to do and get on to that.”
Titans lose to Packers
The effort cost the Tennessee Titans 45 cents.
Tennessee mailed in a terrible performance at Lambeau Field in falling 55-0 to the Green Bay Packers Sunday.
Things started off on the wrong foot for the Titans with three three-and-outs and two Jake Locker interceptions and only got worse from there for Tennessee.
The Titans took their worst loss since the epic 59-0 beating in New England in 2009, and looked no more competitive than that day in doing so.
“Obviously we didn’t play very well at all today against a team that I thought we would play much better against. On the offensive side of the ball, we struggled, turned the ball over and missed plays that were there for us,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We lost confidence in what we were doing because of having a lot of different guys playing due to injuries.
“We got behind early, and we were forced to throw much more than we wanted to. You aren’t going to win many games when you go three-and-out the first three times and turn the ball over twice against a good football team at home.”
Locker was never able to get on track, with several off-target throws as he was under duress behind a patchwork offensive line that allowed seven sacks. Locker finished 13 of 30 for 140 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
“It is tough. It is never easy to lose, especially like this. You just have to keep working and find ways to overcome it and get better. There are a bunch of things that you can point to today, but it just seemed like that there were a lot of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on today,” Locker said.
Tennessee's defense was horrible as well, allowing Aaron Rodgers to throw for three scores and Green Bay to run for four more touchdowns and put up very little fight in allowing the Packers to score their most points in game since 1983.
Munchak wouldn't say that the Titans quit, though he said their performance left plenty to be desired.
“It wasn’t pretty, but I think it is really hard to tell or say if anyone was quitting. I don’t think that at all. I never have and I never will. That is a pretty tough statement to say,” Munchak said. “By no means did we play our best. I look at it more of that we had a lot of frustration that made us not make good decisions more so than someone thinking that they won’t play as hard. Playing hard wasn’t the problem. It was more not playing smart and then letting frustration get the better of us.”
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