As Titans fans, we hoped the first class butt kicking we received at San Diego last week and the dismissal of Quarterback Billy Volek which included some verbal sparring between Coach Fisher and the former Titan would somehow light a fire under this team to come out and play hard. At Miami today, I think the Titans did play hard. But they still lost.
It’s time to face facts, folks. The Tennessee Titans just don’t have what it takes to win this year.
The Miami game demonstrated the simple facts that this team does not have the personnel to win at this level.
Wide Receiver Drew Bennett, who proved last year he could not handle the number one receiver position, failed to make plays yet again in this game which culminated in his half-speed attempt at a grab in the final two minutes of the game. That half-speed grab attempt resulted in an interception for Miami which essentially ended the game. Drew Bennett is a great guy, but lacks the skills to be even a number two receiver in the NFL.
Quarterback Kerry Collins did manage to get off to a slightly quicker start than the previous two weeks, but his lack of mobility in the pocket and wild over throws caused the Titans offense to miss key opportunities yet again. Collins does not have the tools necessary to win consistently at this level.
The offensive line opened the game well giving Running Back Travis Henry enough blocking to rack up over 50 yards in the first half of the game. But, injuries and inexperienced replacements possibly coupled with the heat and humidity of Miami wore them down in the second half when the running game became ineffective.
Defensively, I think Coordinator Jim Schwartz called his best of the past three games. His schemes limited the big breaks by Miami, but once again the inexperience and inability of our secondary (read as: Lamont Thompson and Reynaldo Hill) gave up key gains at exactly the wrong time.
The Titans are now 0-3 on the season and I feel confident after watching seven games with this team (four preseason and three regular season) that we have the worst team in the NFL. It’s not the coaching, people. It’s the personnel. We simply don’t have the guns for the fight.
Get ready for a long, hard season.