JOE BIDDLE: Titans work overtime only to blow it

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Just when you thought the Titans were going to rally from a 34-17 deficit against Arizona, well, they did just that.

But as sure as they had captured the momentum and forced overtime, they lost it in the blink of an eye.

Taking over on their own 25-yard line, the Titans moved to the Cardinals 43-yard line on second down.

Feeling good, huh, Titans fans?

Someone in the press box reminded those around him that Ryan Fitzpatrick was still the Titans quarterback.

No soon had the warning been sounded that Fitzpatrick threw the predicted interception to Antoine Cason and the Cardinals took over on their own 40.

Seven plays later, kicker Jay Feely split the uprights from 41 yards out and all the air went out of LP Field.

The Titans had once again discovered a way to lose in the second half.

Cardinals 37-34 in overtime.

They'll break your heart every time.
“It's crazy to fight as hard as we fought, to come in and just let our fans down,'' said Chris Johnson, who had more yards (51) on one reception than he did (40) on 13 carries.

Fitzpatrick shouldered all the blame for the interception.

“The biggest what if for me is that we have the ball and I don't make the proper protection call. I got hit and wasn't able to complete the pass at the end,'' Fitzpatrick said. “They brought a blitz the (offensive line) couldn't pick up and react and they ended up hitting me as I was throwing it. It affected the throw.

“You have a comeback like that, you're not supposed to lose a game like that. Obviously it's disappointing.''

Another disappointing indictment on the team was that the Titans had to play without rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter and Damian Williams due to violation of team rules.

This was a game Titans Coach Mike Munchak needed in the worst way. Titans President/CEO Tommy Smith was at the game. Addressing the media before the game, Smith assured all he would have the final call on Munchak's future and if deemed necessary, Smith would not hesitate to make that call.

The Titans are now assured of having a losing record. A losing record after they spent $100 million in free agent money while upgrading the roster is hard to compute. In watching this team drop to 5-9 with two games left, I contend they do not have but one first choice Pro Bowl player on the defensive side. That would be defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

On the offensive side, you can make a case for wide receiver Kendall Wright. Anyone else? I don't think so.

Hard to beat any team if you don't have more playmakers than that on your roster.

And that is a big part of what will be discussed when Munchak sits down with Smith and General Manager Ruston Webster in early January.

Smith said Sunday any final decisions will be his. How this team finishes against Jacksonville and Houston will factor in. If it comes out with fire and passion and defeats two teams that have beaten them earlier in the season, Munchak may survive.

Jacksonville started 0-8 and is now 4-10 with a 3-2 record in their last five games. The Texans have a 12-game losing streak after a 2-0 start.

The Titans are not any better. They have lost four games in a row and five of their last six.

If the Titans fail to win either of their final two games, it's time to make a clean sweep. No one should feel safe.

This team is nowhere near capable of making the playoffs. They don't know how to win, even when they play their best to force a game to overtime.

It's sad, really.   

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