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Johnson: Skidding Titans running out of time

Monday, December 6, 2010

Titans tight end Bo Scaife lays on the LP Field turf after dropping a touchdown pass.
(T-G Photo by Danny Parker)
NASHVILLE -- For the fifth time in the past seven years, the Tennessee Titans have suffered at least a five-game losing streak in the season.

Last year Tennessee started the season 0-6 before turning it around, but this year's team is in dismay from top to bottom.

The defense can't find a way to get off the field while the offense can't find a way to stay on the field.

This team was built around dominating time of possession and now teams are beating the Titans at their own game.

"It's hurting the team overall," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "It's been week after week after week now where we've lost a ton of possession, significantly, it's not a minute or two, it's a third of the game and that's got to change. We've got to change. That's the way we used to be, that's not the way we are right now and that has to change."

The roller-coaster ride of being a Titan fan has just about ran off the track as "boos" from the few fans in attendance this past Sunday were heard throughout the game.

"I don't know what it is, or what we've got to do, but we have to find out quick and in a hurry," linebacker Stephen Tulloch said. "We represent this organization and we represent ourselves and we owe the fans much better play than what we've been playing. We owe it to the fans to play better and we will play better. It's a matter of finding out what's going on, pin-pointing it and going forward."

Tennessee's struggling offense led the NFL in scoring the first half of the season but the Titan offense hasn't scored a touchdown in 13 quarters.

Through the first eight games of the season the Titans were averaging more than 30 points an outing but over the past three they've averaged slightly over seven.

"We have to play perfect right now and we are not doing that. We are going to continue to work on it, but we've gone quarters and quarters without scoring a touchdown, and that's got to change," Fisher said.

Jaguars cornerback William Middleton (29) comes down with an interception in the fourth quarter.
(T-G Photo by Danny Parker)
When asked about the offense struggling to find the end zone, quarterback Kerry Collins said: "It is what it is. We have got to face the facts. We have got to face reality. We are not doing what we need to do to put the ball in the end zone. The only thing I know how to do is just come back and work at it and fight and try to get it done next time we play."

The Titans' passing game has always been suspect but now the running game is just as questionable.

As strange as it may sound, the Titans can still win their division and make the playoffs.

After starting the season 5-2, Tennessee is 5-7 and just two games behind Jacksonville at 7-5.

"We'll try to get this thing right for the last four games," kicker Rob Bironas said. "We've got three divisional games, so hopefully we can get this thing right and put up those four wins and have a chance to make the playoffs. But it has to start this next week."

Tennessee entertains division foe Indianapolis on Thursday night.

-- Gary Johnson is a Times-Gazette sports writer. He can be contacted at gjohnson@t-g.com.

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