Is the Titans' glass half full or half empty at 1-1?
That seems to be the one of he big topics of conversation a day after the Titans after their overtime loss to the Houston Texans in a game where Tennessee could have and should have won, holding an eight-point lead in regulation with 4:59 to play.
But even though they came up short, the Titans believe that something was different this season as opposed to 2012, when they stumbled to a 6-10 mark and had six games where they lost by 21 or more points.
“Of course, man. It sucks (to lose),” defensive end Derrick Morgan said. “We should be 2-0, but it’s two games. We’ve got a long season. I know guys’ mindset was in the right place. It was a long year last year, and it had a bad vibe. It just felt like a bad vibe all the way around. But this year we don’t have that, because guys know what we’re capable of doing. There’s optimism going forward.”
As for being unable to hold that 24-16 lead, Coach Mike Munchak said the Titans will find themselves in those situations again and will need to finish next time.
“It is frustrating to watch when you put yourself in the situation like we felt we did in the fourth quarter to win the football game, having said everything else that happened good and bad, we got to a point on the road against a good football team, we had the advantage with whatever time was left, but we didn't finish and we didn't win the game obviously. You like what you accomplished to get there, but we've got to figure out a way (to win),” Munchak said. “When you're a good football team, you're gonna be in games like this. We're a good football team, and we're gonna have more games like this throughout the year. ...I think we have to find ways where we have to step up and make plays.”
The Titans get another chance this week when the San Diego Chargers visit LP Field for Tennessee's home opener, beginning a stretch of three straight home games.
And while Sunday's effort in Houston had the Titans extremely close to an improbable 2-0 start, the player say at least the team is moving in the right direction, both in terms of its play and its attitude.
“We have different people and a different mindset, and our backs are all against the wall. It starts from the top,” Griffin said. “The coaches are all here on one-year deals and it goes all the way to the bottom. No one is safe, and Bud Adams wants us to win. That’s something we haven’t done the last couple of seasons. But right now, we have the guys and we’re just putting pieces together.”
But the Titans do seem to have a belief in themselves that was missing a year ago.
“We know the culture has changed here. We’re a better team, a different team. A
lot of people would say we should be happy at being 1-1, but we should be 2-0,” said receiver Damian Williams.