Week 6 Whiteout, What A Nightmare
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Posted Oct 21, 2009


Everything went wrong on Sunday when the Tennessee Titans were demolished and demoralized by the New England Patriots in snowy Foxboro. Now the Titans have to find a way to end the losing and put this nightmare behind them.

A day after equaling the worst shutout loss in modern NFL history with a 59-0 loss at New England, Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he was more focused about going back to the drawing board not going to the unemployment line.

Titans owner Bud Adams had commented after Sunday's loss that coaching was a part of the reason his team was embarrassed and indicated that he would persevere through the season before deciding Fisher and his staff's fate.

Fisher has two more years to run after 2009 on his current contract, but at 0-6 and the losses becoming more and more embarrassing, talk of the coach's job security is growing louder than perhaps it ever has in Fisher's 15-year tenure.

"I am looking forward to this week. I can't wait to get started tomorrow and working through this week to try and help improve this football team," Fisher said. "I'm not in any kind of survival mode or fearful of my job or concerned about job security whatsoever.

"I'm a coach and I'm going to do the best I can with this football team. I have a good coaching staff. I've got tremendous confidence in my coaching staff and tremendous confidence in the players that we're going to get this turned around."

There is plenty to fix on offense, where the Titans had just nine first downs and minus-7 yards passing against the Patriots, on defense where the team was shredded for 619 yards and on special teams where lackluster coverage and return units have hurt the cause all season.

The Titans go into their bye week in bunker mode, as Fisher has closed practices to the media this week for "competitive advantages," something that perhaps makes sense for a team that has become so non-competitive in the past three weeks with 20-, 22- and 59-point losses.

Fisher indicated that roster changes and lineup changes are possible, as well as a back-to-basics approach to try and pull the team out of the hole.

Foremost on that list is the quarterback situation where Kerry Collins was only 2 of 12 Sunday for minus-7 yards, and could potentially be replaced by Vince Young, who has not completed a pass in two mop-up appearances and has a passer rating equivalent to Bluto's GPA in Animal House -- 0.0.

Snow Didn't Bother Him:
--RB Javon Ringer got his first carries of the regular season in Sunday's blowout, and the fifth-round pick responded well with 47 yards on seven carries, including a 32-yard run. Ringer said the snowy conditions in Foxboro were nothing new for him, but affected the team's footing.

"I am from Dayton, Ohio," rookie running back Javon Ringer said. "I am used to it, but usually I would be more prepared, get some longer spikes or something."

No Piling On
--There was some talk that the Patriots ran the score up, coming out in the spread offense against the Titans hapless defense in the third quarter already leading 45-0 with Tom Brady still at quarterback. But Brady, Randy Moss and other Patriots starters watched after boosting the lead to 52-0, and LB Keith Bulluck said he had no issue with New England's approach.

"Honestly and truthfully, I wouldn't expect anything else," Bulluck said. "I definitely wouldn't have expected anything else. I'm a firm believer in that, too. If we've got a team on the ropes, it's not their fault that we weren't matching up today."

Player News:
--RB LenDale White did not return after spraining his left knee in the first half. White struggled with only 15 yards rushing and had one of the Titans' five turnovers, a fumble that New England converted into a touchdown.
--RB Chris Johnson provided a lone bright spot for Tennessee with 128 yards on 17 carries. The Titans had only 186 yards total offense as a team.
--LB Keith Bulluck was credited with 14 total tackles in Sunday's debacle, but that number rang hollow as New England rolled up 619 yards total offense against the Titans.
--FS Michael Griffin was part of a Titans' secondary that endured a rough day courtesy of Tom Brady and the Patriots. Brady had six TD passes, and on one play, Griffin allowed Randy Moss to get behind him in the end zone and run halfway across the back line to catch a Brady pass for a score.
--P Reggie Hodges had a terrible day punting in the snowy weather. He averaged just 28.1 yards on six punts, including one shank. Despite a semi-vote of confidence from Jeff Fisher, the Titans could turn to practice squad rookie A.J. Trapasso.


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