Another game, another loss.
Titans linebacker Gerald McRath said his team needs to respond to recent adversity.
Seems to be old-hat for this Titans team which has dropped five in a row, and now sits two games back in the AFC South with four remaining after the 17-6 loss at LP Field on Sunday to division leader Jacksonville.
“It’s like life, football is like life,” linebacker Gerald McRath said at his locker in full pads. “Adversity can strike at anytime; I could drive my car right now and get a flat unexpectedly. What am I going to do? Am I just going to sit there and wait until somebody fixes it, or am I going to get out of the car and fix it myself?”
The Titans' car doesn’t have a flat – the wheels have come off.
The offense cannot stay on the field, and the defense can’t get off the field. Jacksonville ran the ball 53 times to the Titans 14, and the Titans only converted two third downs compared to six by the Jaguars.
“Today we wanted to come out and make it physical, be able to do a little bit of both, and that’s what we did,” running back Maurice Jones-Drew said afterwards. “We were able to throw the ball well and run the ball well at the same time. I think we’re great when we are balanced.”
MJD finished the day with 186-yards rushing on 31 carries, a far cry from his 17 carries for 57 yards back on the Monday night game in October against Tennessee.
Kerry Collins made his first start since the Nov. 14 game down in Miami, when he left at the end of the first half with a calf injury.
To say Collins struggled would be putting it nicely; Missing 18 times on 32 attempts.
“Offensively, I could have thrown the ball better,” said Collins. “There were more plays out there to be made and for whatever reason, we didn’t make them. I definitely left some things out there, and that is extremely frustrating.”
When asked if the calf injury or the torn tendon on his throwing hand bothered him against the Jaguars at any point? Collins said no, on both fronts.
“We have to play perfect right now and we are not doing that,” Jeff Fisher said at the podium. “We’re going to continue to work on it but we’ve gone quarter after quarter without scoring a touchdown, and that’s got to change.”
Chris Johnson has only 20 carries for 58 yards in the last two games, and summed it all up when he left LP Field before doing his post-game press conference with the media. He must have felt like the fans, and decided he was going to call it an early day.
It was probably CJ's best run of the day, unfortunately for the Titans.