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For Titan fans, it's an embarassment

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (left) forces a Chris Johnson fumble as linebacker lance Briggs moves in on the play. Tillman forced four Titan fumble in the game.
(T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
NASHVILLE -- It was just unBEARable to watch.

To say that the Chicago Bears totally dominated the Titans at LP Field on Sunday is a huge understatement.

The Bears (7-1) claimed a 51-20 victory over Tennessee (3-5), collecting five turnovers along the way, including a pick-6 from linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman forced four fumbles as the Bears now have 21 turnovers on the year, including seven pass interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Tennessee actually fumbled the football six times in the game, losing possession on four of those.

'No shock'

"There was no shock that they have gotten a lot of turnovers. That's how they won football games," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "We knew all that. We carried the ball carelessly and gave the ball up. We made it easy for them, gave them short fields. We put (the defense) in bad field positions."

At one point in the game, Chicago had put 28 points on the board and only had 54 yards of total offense.

To make matter even worse, the Bears fans were in full force and totally dominated as well chanting "Let's Go Bears" over and over again.

When updates were shown on the jumbotrons of rival Green Bay Packers scoring in their game, the Bear fans became even louder, booing at the video.

'It was weird'

"It was weird," Chicago and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler said of all the Bears fans. "I had to hush the crowd down in the red zone, and they got quiet really quick. We have the best fans in the world."

Titans owner Bud Adams has put the word out that he was totally embarrassed by the play of his team. It's been reported that Adams said the Titans were "grossly out-coached and out-played" and he vowed that all aspects of the organization will be evaluated over the final seven games.

"In my 50 years of owning an NFL franchise, I am at a loss to recall a regular-season home game that was such a disappointment for myself and fans of the Titans,'' Adams told The Tennessean.

No playmaker

The fact is, Tennessee just doesn't have a playmaker on either side of the ball.

If you were a defensive or offensive coordinator on another team preparing to play the Titans, what player puts a scare in you?

The Titans have got to get rid of a number of players that are just not getting it done and add others through free agency and the draft.

With that said, how many changes, if any, need to be made in the coaching staff?

"I think that's decided at the end of the year. If a team under-performs, I'm the first guy you should look at for that, not anybody else, not assistant coaches, it starts with me. If we don't finish this season the way it should, then what needs to happen will happen," Munchak said. "I think those are the decisions that are made when the season is over, as far as what this means to anybody. We've got seven games to play, so we'll worry about what it all means when we see how we finish up.

Changes likely

I think it's fair to say that how the Titans play in their final seven games will determine the makeup of this team next year.

I'll let each of you decide who you think needs to go and who needs to stay when it come to both the roster and coaching staff.

I'd be shocked if there's not a new look to both those groups in the offseason.

Gary Johnson is a sports writer for the Times-Gazette. Email him at gjohnson@t-g.com.