What this team has done over the season's first two weeks is impressive no matter the opponent. They didn't just beat teams, they demoralized them.
"There was nothing fun in this game as far as I'm concerned," said Titans linebacker Keith Bullock. "I feel like I was in the alley in New York City and got jumped, and had to fight my way through it. You have to come out fighting, and those guys came out fighting. It was their home opener and they brought the fight to us, but we didn't bring much fight back. That's disappointing."
"Overall, defensively, we were probably as good as we have been," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "The secondary is a lot more comfortable than a year ago. The addition of Marlon McCree has been a big part of it."
The Titans were the second consecutive opponent to have their spirits broken by the Bolts. The Chargers opened the season with a nine-sack win over the Raiders, chasing starter Aaron Brooks from the game and leaving the Raiders with a quarterback controversy to remember them by. Now, it seems the Titans have been left in a similar state.
When starter Kerry Collins – who finished the game having completed less than 32 percent of his passes with two interceptions and no scores – was asked who would start for the Titans in week three, he seemed as confused as he did during the game.
"I have absolutely no idea about that," Collins said. "You'll have to talk to Coach (Jeff) Fisher about that."
Fisher insists that Collins will remain the starter, at least for now. In the meantime, he is left with the unenviable task of convincing his team that they are not as bad as the Chargers made them look.
"We have a lot of improvement to do," admitted Titans center Kevin Mawae. "It's a disappointing thing. We'll have to take a look at the film to see how bad it really is and see what kind of positive things can come out of it. And it's not just one-sided. It's all the way around - -offense, defense and special teams -- so we have a lot of growing up to do."
Nashville Tennessee is often referred to as the Music City. Hearing the Titans whimper their way back home must be music to the ears of Chargers players. Even though humiliating the Raiders and Titans won't garner many degree-of-difficulty points, it will help the Chargers continue to build confidence. That's good news for the Chargers and bad news for the 12 teams left in line.