Starting this weekend, the 12 best teams in the NFL will participate in postseason play while the Tennessee Titans and 19 other teams will watch their superiors perform.
It should be no surprise to anyone who watched the Titans this past season to learn the Titans did not fare well playing against those teams. Overall, the Titans did not fare well at all, but they were especially outclassed, and usually embarrassed, by the teams they faced who went on to postseason competition.
When you evaluate a team by how well they fared against the best competition they faced, the Titans came up woefully short in the measurements. These are some stark realities.
These are the stats that I find so horrifying. And it is also the thing that I found most frustrating about Munchak's season-ending press conference yesterday. He seemed to bristle most when a reporter asked about Gray and noted that the Titans had given up the most points in the team's history. He became extremely defensive and suggested that the stats don't tell the whole story. When you are 0-7 against playoff teams and are outscored in those games 227 to 87, those stats are saying your offence is pathetic and your defence is just as bad. How can he expect to turn this team into a playoff caliber team in one off-season when most of the games the Titans played against playoff teams this year were unconmpetitive blowouts. They will have to beat a few playoff teams (as well as a bunch on non-playoff teams) in order to make it to the playoffs next year. Tinkering with a few players on offence or defence isn't going to be sufficient to do that. Wholesale changes are needed to the roster and the coaching staff. And since Munchak isn't going anywhere, then those changes have to start at the coodinator positions.