Titans frustrated after OT loss drops them to 3-5

Associated Press Modified: October 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm •  Published: October 29, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Britt thinks the Titans could have thrown more passes deep. Tight end Jared Cook reportedly is upset enough that he wants a trade.

And Tennessee only had 10 defenders on the field not once, but twice, while giving up the tying touchdown drive.

The Titans are not happy, and coach Mike Munchak hopes they're all frustrated at being 3-5 after a 19-13 overtime loss to Indianapolis because they all can do more.

"You're 3-5, that's not good enough, and that includes every one of us," Munchak said. "Frustration, it means work your way through it, and let's find a way to turn this around and get to 5-5. So I think that's more where the frustration should be used. Find a way to become a better player and a better team."

Munchak also downplayed the report of Cook wanting a trade, saying he didn't know anything about it and wouldn't comment. He noted Cook is their second-leading receiver, tied with Nate Washington with 28 catches, and someone they need to win.

"This is not the time for those things," Munchak said.

With nine AFC teams between 4-3 and 3-5 not counting division leaders, the Titans still have hope at the midpoint of the season. But they must fix their struggling defense that not even a two-game winning streak could disguise. They are young and have a no margin for error.

The Titans had just 10 defenders on the field during the Colts' 80-yard drive to tie it at 13 with 3:24 left. Munchak noticed the problem on fourth-and-1 at the Titans 8 and couldn't get a timeout called before they gave up a 7-yard run. The coach said it happened a second time during that drive, too.

Asked if that was something the players should have noticed first, Munchak said, "You would hope so."

The Titans ran only 59 offensive plays. The Colts had 76 and rolled up 457 yards counting the 80-yard drive for the winning TD in overtime. But Tennessee won its previous two games by making key plays late, and thought it recovered a fumble to set up a winning field goal with 26 seconds left in regulation Sunday.

Officials called forward progress being stopped on Dwayne Allen when Colin McCarthy was tackling him, even though the Allen had not gone backward when linebacker Akeem Ayers stripped the ball. Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner recovered at the Indianapolis 28, and Tennessee started celebrating.

Munchak said that will be among the plays the Titans send to the NFL, along with an offensive pass interference that wiped out a touchdown. Verner said he didn't understand the rule, but that it wouldn't do him any good to look it up now.



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