Deny, Deny, Deny. It's the name of a Brooks & Dunn song from the 2000s. Clay Travis has used this saying on 3 Hour Lunch (3HL). Most recently, it's the story of the 2012 Tennessee Titans.
The Titans have been blown out in four of their first five games. At 1-4, the players and coaches are aware that problems exist. Unfortunately, they don't seem to know what those problems are.
Mike Munchak reportedly has no intention to change anything. Not his coaches. Not his starters. Not his plans. Leroy Harris gives up two sacks? Well done. Munchak believes that his team is more-talented than his 9-7 team from one year ago. Yet, the coaches can't get more out of this talent? How strange.
Chris Johnson has admitted that this team is nowhere near playing competitive football. Johnson also claimed that this team must start making big plays. What's surprising? He thinks that he's making plays. Johnson reportedly made the following comment:
"We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark. I feel like I've made some plays, but the situation of a spark has got to come from somewhere and getting a spark that can be big for this team."
Let's review. Johnson has 73 carries for 210 yards. Excluding the Houston Texans game, Johnson has 48 carries for 69 yards. Johnson's longest run of the season is 19 yards. He has scored zero touchdowns. Johnson has 12 receptions for 84 yards. Zero touchdowns. In fact, he has more fumbles lost than touchdowns.
Now whether Johnson is at fault for the Titans' run-offense is another story. There are many different arguments for that. What's not debatable? Johnson hasn't made plays. When the Titans paid him $55.26 million, they expected a play-maker. Correction: they expected a play-maker who scored more than zero touchdowns through five games. Whatever has caused these struggles must be fixed.
It just seems like this team is in denial mode. What does Coach Munchak mean when he says that he won't change this plan? Every opponent has different strengths. Every opponent has different weaknesses. Every opponent has different strategies. Each game needs a different plan. If they run the same things over and over, then they'll never recognize consistent success.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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