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.
“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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