JOE BIDDLE: Titans have plenty of problems

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: July 7, 2013 (Image 1)

Titans owner Bud Adams broad-brushed everyone employed by his NFL team that lost to Chicago 51-20 Sunday.

The lop-sided loss left the Titans at 3-6 and Adams on the warpath.

While he's at it, he needs to point his finger at himself.

It was Adams who sent his front office staff pursuing Peyton Manning around the country in hopes of signing him. He ordered them to drop everything they were doing in the first week of free agency.

It was nothing but a pipe dream. Manning knew too much about the organization to cast his lot here.

By doing so, Adams prevented the signing of free agents the Titans needed to sign. One of those was former Brentwood Academy and Tennessee offensive lineman Scott Wells.

The former Green Bay center favored the Titans, and was ready to sign early. But when the great Peyton chase started, Wells could not afford to wait and lose out on another contract offer.

Wells was a Pro Bowl center last season and played a huge role in the Green Bay Packers success while he was there.

If not for the Peyton pursuit, the Titans could have signed a quality pass rusher, a sorely needed priority. They had to settle for Kamerion Wimbley, a seven-year veteran who had seven sacks and 62 tackles for Oakland last season. Wimbley has played much of his career as an outside linebacker and at 6-4, 255 pounds, is light in the britches as a defensive end.

Wimbley has 20 tackles this season, Fourteen players have more tackles. Wimbley has 3½ sacks, tied with defensive end Derrick Morgan for the team lead.

The only other productive NFL free agent was offensive guard Steve Hutchinson. That's it.

But that is not all of their problems.

They have no stars on this roster and no leader on either side of the ball. There is no All-Pro player and I doubt there will be less than three make the Pro Bowl, which is voted on by the players.

The last all-pro player was Marc Mariani, a punt and kickoff returner, out this season with a broken leg. Chris Johnson made it in 2009. That's it.

There is no Keith Bulluck. No Cortland Finnegan. I could go on, but you get the point.

They have failed in recent drafts and allowed quality players to leave in free agency without trying hard to keep them. Rookie free agent Kendall Wright shows great promise. Jake Locker, taken in the 2011 first round, is considered to be the future, but hasn't had a chance to prove it.

Morgan (2010 first round) can best be described as inconsistent and injury prone. Kenny Britt was their 2009 first rounder and he has been plagued with injuries and off-field problems. Chris Johnson shows signs of becoming productive after two off years. Michael Griffin got a big contract extension, but gets lost too many times in a game.

Then the two previous years you had Vince Young and Pacman Jones. Enough said.

So some of Bud's fingers need to be pointed at Mike Reinfeld and Jeff Fisher.

Let's face facts. The Titans haven't made the playoffs since 2008 and lost to the Ravens in their first game. They haven't won a playoff game since 2003, beating Baltimore and losing to New England. That's almost 10 years ago.

Fans are catching on. There were tons of seats occupied by Bears fans Sunday. This economy is not conducive for paying for PSL's and season tickets, especially for a mediocre team.

No wonder Bud Adams left early Sunday. But there were a lot of Titans fans that beat him to the exits.

Sports Columnist Joe Biddle can be contacted at

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