Sunday's 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts was bad enough, but on Monday, when he talked to the league office in New York, Titans coach Mike Munchak was told that the officiating crew erred on three different calls that went against Tennessee on Sunday.
According to Munchak, he was told that the critical personal foul penalty on linebacker Moise Fokou that allowed the Colts to tack on a field goal with an untamed down at the end of the first half, should have only been a five-yard illegal contact penalty as he hit Colts fullback Stanley Havili.
"He had the flat area, and he saw that (Andrew) Luck was staring over there initially, looking off on where he was gonna throw it. He saw that, he broke on it, so he wouldn't' be able to make a play if he threw it to him and get out of bounds quickly for a second play," Munchak said. "So he hit him. The problem with the play was he hit him in the back. He was in the five-yard area when he hit him, that was OK, but he can't hit a player in the back. I talked to them in New York about it today, and they said it should have been a five-yard penalty.
"It was unnecessary that he hit him that hard at that time of the game. It was not a good decision. He could have just wrapped him up to make sure nothing happened, but when he hit him, the ball wasn't out of Luck's hand yet. I was led to believe when it happened that it was something that was totally unnecessary, that it was after the play was over, and it wasn't any of those things."
Another flag thrown on Titans running back Shonn Greene - one that ultimately did not hurt the Titans as they eventually scored on that series - should have been been flagged either, according to what Munchak indicated he was told. Greene clapped his hands after gaining eight yards and being tackled by Colts linebacker Pat Angerer, his former teammate at the University of Iowa.
"They told me there was no reason to throw the flag. … People say they want to see excitement in the game, and you have a little excitement and there's a flag for it. And then you ask the next question asking if we are undisciplined because you're excited about a play.That's a fine line you walk every Sunday. It's getting very hard to play this game because of the way it's being called," Munchak said.
The officials apparently hit the hat trick as Munchak was told the officials should have overturned the incomplete pass to Delanie Walker that Tennessee challenged as a catch.
"They said it was a catch," Munchak said. "Unfortunately, they didn't overrule it."
The Titans apparently will be without fullback Collin Mooney for a while, as he suffered a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Colts.
The Titans were especially short-handed on Sunday, losing Mooney as well as losing tight end Delanie Walker to a concussion. Tight end Craig Stevens was already out of the lineup with a concussion. Stevens worked out on Monday, but the Titans will have to evaluate both him and Walker by the league's concussion protocol to determine if either could play this week against Denver.
Munchak indicated that the Titans will have to likely sign a fullback/tight end type player this week to help out at the position.