Titans Have Reached A New Low

An exercise in futility. That appears to be the best way to describe what happened to the Tennessee Titans in New England on Sunday. The Titans managed something that hadn't happened since 1976, losing by 59 points. The Patriots steamrolled Tennessee 59-0 in a game that was never close.

The Tennessee Titans arrive at their bye week having hit rock bottom.

Specifically, it came in Sunday's 59-0 fiasco against the New England Patriots, where an early October snowfall became an avalanche of points that buried the Titans with the most embarrassing loss in franchise history and matching the worst loss since the merger.

"Football is an attitude, but it's fair to say right now that this team doesn't have the attitude it takes to win this league," linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "It's fair to say, because it's obvious. We lost 59-0 -- 59-0 in a National Football League game. I don't know that I've ever seen that before in my life."

No one had seen such a thing since 1976 when the Los Angeles Rams defeated Atlanta by that exact same score.

Now at 0-6, the question isn't whether there will be changes. It's instead how deep will the changes go.

Not even Jeff Fisher, the NFL's longest-tenured head coach with 15 years invested in the franchise, can declare himself completely safe at this point, though 86-year-old owner Bud Adams might be reluctant to fire him simply because Fisher is under contract through 2011, and Adams might not want to pay him not to coach.

"I'm gonna keep fighting. I'm gonna keep working," Fisher said of any thoughts that after 15 seasons he could be in danger at 0-6 with a bye coming up. "The staff didn't forget how to coach in the offseason. That doesn't happen. You don't forget how to coach overnight. What we have to do is find a way to win a ballgame."

Safety Chris Hope said he maintains confidence in the coaching staff, and that he doesn't want to be the one to play a role in someone, be it Fisher or an assistant coach, being dismissed.

"That's something out of my control," Hope said. "You just would hate to be part of the reason someone gets fired or something happens with coaching staff changes. But that's out of your control. I have total faith in the coaching staff. They're the same coaches from last year."

One change that could occur is at quarterback, where Kerry Collins was victimized by several drops in the first half, but still his final numbers were brutal Sunday: 2 of 12 for minus-7 yards. That ugly yardage number came mostly when Collins slipped on a fourth-down play, flipped the ball to Nate Washington and Washington fumbled after he was tackled 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Titans ultimately lost 22 yards on the play.

If the Titans switch back to Vince Young at quarterback when they return to action on Nov. 1, they will be turning things over to a quarterback who is 0-for-5 in two games of mop-up action with an interception on Sunday.

"I'm not going to address the quarterback situation this evening," Fisher offered without being prompted after the debacle.

Asked if other roster changes were possible, he said, "I'm not going into changes now. We're going to look at everything real hard. We've got to get back to doing something well in all three phases."

TRENDING: Since beginning the season 10-0 last year, the Titans are 3-10 and have lost eight straight.

BY THE NUMBERS: 619 - Yards of total offense allowed Sunday by the Titans to New England.

NOTES
-- RB Chris Johnson had perhaps the NFL's most meaningless 100-yard rushing day ever, going for 128 yards in the 59-0 drubbing.
-- RB LenDale White suffered a knee injury and was carted off the field in the first half of the loss.
-- DT Jason Jones returned to the Titans lineup and had two sacks of Tom Brady in the first half.
-- QB Vince Young came off the bench and his first pass was intercepted. He was 0-for-2 in the game.
-- FB Ahmard Hall's 15-yard pass reception was the Titans' only positive play in the passing game all day.
-- QB Kerry Collins was 2 of 12 and had minus-7 yards passing.


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