It started ugly, with a fumble by Kenny Britt on the first play. It got a little bit better, as the Bears became the first team not to score against the Titans on their first and second possessions. Then, the Titans had the ball again. Brett Kern had his punt blocked and returned for a score. The Titans got a safety the next possession, but were forced to punt, a punt Devin Hester returned inside the 10. 14-2. Matt Hasselbeck was intercepted by Brian Urlacher, who went to the end zone. 21-2. Chris Johnson fumbled the first play the next drive. Three plays later, 28-2. Then, the first quarter ended.
The 28 first quarter points was the most the Titans had ever allowed at home, though of course they've only been playing games since 1960. It would be 31-5 at half and 37-12 at the end of the third quarter before Jay Cutler tacked on two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall and Chris Johnson actually made a safety miss on an 80-yard touchdown to produce the final score of 51-20.
There were probably a couple positives from this game (CJ did better than I expected, even before his late run), but frankly right now I don't really care. The Titans were a bit unfortunate to get down quite as much as they did quite as quickly, but on the whole this looked like a very good team (Chicago) taking a very bad team (Tennessee) to the woodshed and beating them like a red-headed stepchild. Sanity later.
Yes, a house cleaning is in order at the end of the year. No point in doing it now. At a minimum, both coordinators should be fired. But given the total collapse and the fact that it just looks like the team isn't prepared play most weeks, I am starting to think that Munchak should go as well. Some guys just aren't meant to be head coaches. It is just inexcusable to me to be blown out in most of the games the Titans have played. After the coaches are let go, the new staff has do an objective evaluation of every position and decide who stays and who goes. For example, at this point, I think the Titans have to start over at the safety position and let all three "starters" go. Griffin is just not a starting safety in this league anymore and isn't worth what he is being paid. The Titans need to cut their losses here. And Babineaux and Johnson should only be special teamers (on some other team).
@Scott P The Titans have given out a few premium contracts to guys who don't look like premium players, especially on defense. I'm not sure how much of that is Gray and how much of that the front office. Perhaps Reinfeldt and Webster should be worried as much as Munchak, Gray, and Palmer are.
That game was pretty pathetic. I always want the Titans to win and do well but at this point, I think the only solution is to be able to clean house coaching wise and get better players, and losing actually gets the Titans closer to those two things in my opinion (better draft picks and hopefully a whole sale coaching change).
On the bright side, other than the two fumbles, CJ ran really well against a really tough D. I thought Zach Brown played a really good game and really stood out on the D. He had a couple of tackles for a loss and recovered that fumble. too bad he couldn't pick it up because no one would have caught him. Otherwise, there was not much there to get excited about.
@dragak1981 I should have a post with some of the brights spots up Monday. The defense wasn't really that bad, albeit against non-great competition. They just got so behind so quickly that it didn't much matter. It's so hard when there's nothing the team can count on on a regular basis now that special teams has gone completely to pot the last couple weeks. Nobody is safe if they have too many performances like this.