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VOL. 38 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 3, 2014

How much longer till Titans fans simply stay home?

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Just for a moment, I’m going to let you in on something that not a lot of people know about.

I’m actually a Titans season ticketholder.

Of course, I don’t get to use the seats myself, since I’m working in the pressbox, but my wife and son like to go to the games on occasion to root for the home team and enjoy some football.

This year, when the season ticket renewal plan came in, I managed to scrape together enough money to make the monthly payment and keep the two nosebleed seats that are in my name, but are never used by me.

I figured that with a new coaching staff, new schemes on both sides of the football and few new players, that maybe Titans football could be fun again for them.

Four weeks into the regular season, I’m having second thoughts about how that money was spent.

My wife has been after me to do some upgrades and updates around the house (even though I’m nobody’s handyman), and after seeing more of the same from the Titans thus far, I’m beginning to wonder if that money would have been better spent toward a home improvement project over a Titans non-improvement project.

I’m certain that I’m not alone in that thinking.

Each year in the NFL, hope rings anew as the league talks parity and how everyone has a chance to quickly turn things around. And that’s true to an extent. With the proper management, coaching and players, any team can change its fate.

But I also know that there are a handful of franchises that are the dregs of the NFL. I know going into the season that I won’t be seeing teams like the Raiders, Jaguars, Bills, Rams, Browns, Jets and Bucs in the playoffs.

I now also know that the Titans are right there in that category with those perennially hapless teams.

Actually, it’s been that way for a while, maybe we just couldn’t face it or admit it. Maybe we bought into the coaching change to Ken Whisenhunt or Tommie Smith inheriting control of the team from the late Bud Adams.

The problems of the Titans go much deeper than whether Jake Locker can stay healthy and be a passable NFL quarterback, or whether Whisenhunt can figure out how to get more players playing like Delanie Walker and less players playing like the other 52 on the roster.

The Titans right now are a collective organizational failure – from ownership to management to coaches and players. And their fan base is tiring of it.

They’re tired of missing the playoffs, tired of seeing first-round picks make no long-term impact on the field, and tired of watching a team that has not only been losing but has losing in dull fashion and on many occasions hasn’t even been competitive. This is no revelation. All of this pre-dates the current players, coaches and management. Unfortunately, it has become a mindset, and once that culture sets in, it’s hard to get rid of. Just ask the Raiders, Rams, Jaguars, et al.

And let’s not get carried away with thinking that winning the next two games over the Browns and Jaguars coming to LP Field will cure everything. It will take more than beating two of your fellow bottom feeders to bring excitement back to football fans in Nashville. Plus, if they should lose to the Browns this week, all bets are off on what the stadium will look like the next week when the mighty Jaguars roll into town.

Whisenhunt said when he took over the coaching reins that he wasn’t asking for patience. He admitted yesterday that perhaps he overestimated the situation with the Titans. Judging from the way things have looked the past three games, I would say there is a good chance that is the case, and it might be a good idea to reassess everything to try and find something that works.

In the meantime, you have to wonder how much more patient the fans themselves will be.

You’ve got 12 games left. The clock is ticking.

Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com and is a blogger for National Football Post.

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