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Titans’ Pollard: “Everybody’s Going to Have to Dig”

Posted by Craig Peters on November 15, 2013 – 3:29 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The way multiple Titans see it, everyone has had a hand in getting to the hole the team is in, and everyone is going to need to help tunnel out.

1115BlogTennessee lost for the fifth time in six games Thursday in a 30-27 decision against Indianapolis.

“We’ve just got to stay focused, be professionals at all times and work our way through this,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “We should have been climbing. We need to have every guy with a shovel, trying to dig our way out of this thing. That’s where we’re at: everybody’s going to have to dig and find a way to help each other out. We’ve got to make plays to win the freaking game and we’re not doing it.”

The Titans (4-6) missed an opportunity to move within a game of the Colts (7-3), who have the inside track on the AFC South. There’s a logjam of teams “in the hunt” for the final Wild Card spot with six games to play, but Tennessee has three straight on the road (Oakland, Indianapolis, Denver).

“We’ve got to keep moving. We’re going on to Oakland,” Derrick Morgan said. “That’s all you can do. You can’t sit here and sulk and feel sorry for yourself and sulk. That’s the only thing you can do.”

The prolonged road trip may not be the worst thing for the Titans, who lost their fourth in a row at home and their fourth decided by seven points or less this season.

“We’re not protecting this house. We’re not getting it done at home of all places, so we need to really find out what we’re about and we’ve got six games left,” Morgan said. “A lot can happen. It sucks. I’m tired of having this conversation. We’ve got too much talent in here for not getting the job done.”

Tennessee scored the first 14 points of the game against Indianapolis, with Chris Johnson rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns on his first eight carries. The Colts, however, responded with 20 straight points that were fueled by a field goal to end the first half, a touchdown to open the second and quick touchdown two plays later after a kickoff return was fumbled.

Morgan said the results didn’t match the work the Titans put in.

“I know that we’re coming to work. We work hard. We didn’t take any days off, we didn’t come in feeling sorry for ourselves,” Morgan said. “We came to work, and that’s why it hurts so bad because guys are out there working their butts off every day at practice and we’re not getting the results we want.”

The Titans reviewed the film Friday and are scheduled to be off Saturday through Monday before returning to practice Tuesday.

Pollard, in his first year with the Titans and one of Tennessee’s captains vowed the team will keep working.

“For us, we’re going to keep on practicing and showing up on Sundays, and when all the craziness stops, we’re going to be in a wonderful place, but right now, we just can’t dodge it. Everywhere we go, no matter if it’s away or home, we find a way to shoot ourselves,” Pollard said. “Right now, we’re not making plays to win. We’re out there just playing, and you have to make plays to win the game. We’ve lost six games, and in six of those games, we didn’t make plays to win.”

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11 Responses to “Titans’ Pollard: “Everybody’s Going to Have to Dig””

  1. By royalan83 on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    It’ll be kind of hard to dig past the Broncos after losing to the Jags, and don’t forget, they will play the Colts again. That’s another 2 losses. This season is already over for the Titans, face it.

  2. By Highhopes4us on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    I have to say that I agree with royalan83. Season’s over.

    If they can’t dig past the worst team in the Nfl…at home…when we really need a win, then play great for thirty minutes only to crumble when a win will tie you for first in the Division…I don’t know. Sadly, I don’t see them digging past anyone on the schedule.

    Better save those shovels for the season we’re having.

    Even so, I’m still a fan and I still love ‘em and I still have high hopes!

    Go Titans!

  3. By moto joe on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah…I mean there is still a chance, as no one seems to want that 6th seed wildcard spot…even if they’d give up the Broncos game, but somehow get their act together and win the other ones….ehhhh……possible.

    But, realistically speaking, we can probably consider the Colts game as the first round of pretend playoffs for the Titans…and…they lost and are out of contention now.

  4. By Michael maples on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    Titans are done for this year. Here’s what needs to be done.
    Fire Munchak – he’s not a leader – Williams to head coach – a leader.
    Cut Locker or should I say Hurt Locker. Really want to pay him the big money to come back? Has he really earned it? His pro career is the same as his college career. Locker is a backup at most. All that money they spent and we are no better than last year? Offensive cord is too inexperienced as well as o line coach. Get rid of them. So tired of the SOS. Feels like it’s still fisher football.
    Go out and get Big Ben from Pittsburgh. He’s won 2 Super Bowls. One more than Peyton and one shy of Brady. And he’s done it with no o line or running game. There is no time to rebuild around a rookie QB. It sux to only have fantasy football every year to depend on. Cause we definitely can’t depend on the titans.

  5. By Michael maples on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    Oh and they better resign Pollard – that’s if he will come back. But knowing the titans – they won’t.

  6. By addicted2football on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think we need Pollard at all, by my calculations, Pollard has almost as many personal foul penalties as he does solo tackles. Pollard is tough and tough is good, but you have to be SMART too Bernard.

  7. By boyd on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply

    predictions we all got them we all including myself are not happy with the way the games have went but really do you know the records of rest nfl most not any better and to even try with 6 game left little early and for anyone to say we don’t need pollard is an idiot there more intensity from him than 1/2 the team and how many big plays has been given up by him if rest of team played as hard as pollard and walker we would not be in this position as well if had a coach that had a brain picking up quarterback that has played 15 game threw 25 interception at least he stays with the interception prawn what a waste of money we need real return man wasn’t for dropped return and bad punt we would not even be talking about this keep fighting titans colt wont win out rest season and don’t think they have what it takes to beat us again either as long as mistakes get corrected keep fighting titans

  8. By Titanman45 on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply

    Boyd… you are right.. I dont understand why people think we can do better without Pollard. This guy brings life to a team with no vocal Leaders.. Most of his hits an fines are based on opinions… I see the same hits with 49ers, Saints, Patriots an they dont call nothing…. This is because the NFL respect certain coaches.. An Munchak is a guy thats not going to get respect PERIOD….Munchak is the only coach to lose every challange flag this year. LOOK IT UP….
    Now either Munchak dont know what to do as a head coach or they dont RESPECT this guy…. GO TITANS

  9. By EBTITAN on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply


  10. By boyd on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply

    its not a respect issue yet but he is working real hard to loose it though. he has to man up trust his team in same breath must show team he trust them 4th and inches playing teams that that or known for come backs why do we have the smash to go with the dash if he don’t trust it!!!and he comes out throwing the ball letting walker and Kendal tear that a– up witch gave mr dash the opportunity to
    do his thing then come out running way to much after the half. get on them and stay on them there is no such thing as running the clock out that is the old days come into the future and leave what you learned from fisher off the field he is not hear for a reason good man decent coach we dont wont decent!!!

  11. By crazy on Nov 26, 2013 | Reply

    We lost to the last place teams in the last 3 years get rid of munchaks ass already,2 of those teams were winless,if we cant even get pass the worst team in the nfl what makes u think we are going to win a playoff game,or even make the playoffs for that matter,yeah the titans season is over with,fire munchak,get a captain at middle linebacker,and get a strong quarterback also resign b.pollard we need him

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