Ahh, good times in Tennessee. Sunday the Titans got trounced by the Bears, 51-20. At home. They are now 3-6. After the game Titans owner Bud Adams expressed his disappointment with the team, which is putting it kindly, and now reports are surfacing that the entire Titans coaching staff has started searching the league’s Wanted sections. From the Tennessean:
“In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,” Adams said. “We were grossly outcoached and outplayed from start to finish today. “At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players, over the next seven games. If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”
And from CBSSports.com:
After Tennessee owner Bud Adams went all Donald Trump on his Titans team (the firings — not the birtherism) let’s just say: Mission accomplished. Said one Titans assistant coach to me: “Everyone is scared. We’re all looking over our shoulders now.” ”When I say everyone, I mean everyone,” the coach said. “There is a sense of panic now throughout the organization.” This source said that in the hours after Adams’ declaration, some in the organization began covertly looking for other jobs just in case there is a mass firing at the end of the season. Considering this is only the halfway point, that tells you how much Adams’ statement scared people inside the Titans. There are two ways to look at this. In threatening to fire everyone from the coaches to the dudes who wash the underwear, Adams is making people accountable. Accountability is a good thing. Yet in the NFL, these types of edicts don’t work. In fact, they make things worse, especially in the locker room. Coaches begin to call plays they normally would not, make roster moves they normally would not, all out of desperation, and that kind of desperation rarely works. Worse, players know the coaches are desperate and can tune the coaches out, knowing that next season these same coaches might be gone.