Through the first nine games of the season, the Tennessee Titans defense was horrid.
It showed in the number of points allowed and on the film.
Finally against Miami, just before the bye week, the Titans looked to have straightened things out, and the result of four turnovers forced and a 37-3 victory.
That didn't erase all the bad, but it was at least a sign that maybe things were headed back in a positive direction.
Cornerback Jason McCourty didn't mince words when talking about how bad things have been, as Tennessee has still allowed 311 points through 10 games.
“Some of those games, you look bad. We just looked bad. We looked like we weren't being coached, guys didn't know where to be,” McCourty said. “We weren't making the plays we needed to make. But there's nothing we can do about that now. We've got six more games, and let's do our best to win all six of them and see where we are at the end.”
McCourty said the criticism stung, but that it was true as well.
“It makes you mad but, you can't get mad at the people saying it because they're just watching the game and calling what they see. You put bad stuff on tape, and people are going to call you out for it,” he said.
Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray called on his players to simply do their jobs and not try and make the spectacular play and get caught out of position so much.
“Just do your job. … That's all any coach would ask you to do is be consistent. If you're in the 80th or 90th percentile every game, you'll be a good football player. You can't flash in one game and the next game, you're not flashing. Something's wrong with you,” Gray said. “I think the guys are more focused and understanding what we're trying to get done. The game plan may be a little simpler, but at some point in time you've got to make a decision, and I think the last couple of weeks, they've decided we're not going to give up any more touchdowns. And when they do that, we can be in any football game.”
The issue now for the Titans is to do develop that consistency as much as possible over the final six games, while building around young players for the future,starting with Sunday's game in Jacksonville.