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Titans assistant: “Everyone is scared” by Adams’ comments

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Titans owner Bud Adams said his team was “grossly outcoached and outplayed” in their 51-20 loss to the Bears on Sunday and promised to make changes if things don’t improve over the final seven games of the season.

“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games,” Adams said. “If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”

Adams’ words have reached their targets. One unnamed Titans assistant told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com that hearing that kind of dissatisfaction from the man who signs their paychecks has left everyone in the organization a little bit jumpier than they were this time last week.

“Everyone is scared. We’re all looking over our shoulders now. When I say everyone, I mean everyone,” the coach said. “There is a sense of panic now throughout the organization.”

The assistant also told Freeman that some members of the staff have been “covertly” looking for other jobs in the event that they get the axe. That certainly qualifies as a sense of panic.

It’s an illustration of how quickly things can change in the league. The Titans were a couple of fourth quarter plays away from winning their third straight game and improving to 4-4 before losing to the Colts in overtime in Week Eight. Now they reportedly have assistants planning their next stop with seven games left in the season.

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16 Responses to “Titans assistant: “Everyone is scared” by Adams’ comments”
  1. originalsteelcurtain says: Nov 5, 2012 3:10 PM

    …sounds like an owner who knows he’s running out of time.

    There may be too much work to be done.

  2. kluuuuuuuuug says: Nov 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    Well had they been producing then our senile owner (and let’s be serious he didn’t craft that message, his people / family did) wouldn’t have to take this stance. Maybe the current staff has been taking their work too lightly?

    Don’t wish unemployment or hardship on any involved, but it’s clear a new direction needs to be taken. Defense is sieve, and probably half the points the offense has put up has been in garbage time in one of our many blowouts.

  3. king914 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    This is great that Bud Adams did that. I am tired of watching my favorite team settle for mediocrity or less. There is too much talent on both offense and defense to be one of the worst teams in the league. Big things need to be changed, and I would first look at both offensive and defensive coordinators. Chris Palmer has too many weapons that he is not using like Jared Cook. Jerry Gray is just terrible. Had high hopes for him, but not anymore after having the worst Titans Defense in their history. I hope this organization makes the correct moves to become a future championship contender.

  4. snowpea84 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Maybe if he hadnt insisted on Young as his QB a few years ago the team would be a few years further along in their improvement and they wouldn’t have driven away a great coach…

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    I wish Khan would do this in Jacksonville. We get grossly outcoached and outplayed weekly. When our QB, who leads the worst offense in the NFL says the team is “satisfied” at his position, it reveals the complacency and complacency has no place in football unless you’re holding up the Lombardi trophy and that feeling can’t last too long or you’ll be unprepared for the next year.

    Bud Adams, crazy ol’ coot, has it nailed, here.

    C’mon Khan! Bring the wrath!

  6. techieluddite says: Nov 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    they ought to be scared. Bum Phillips’ 11-5 record didn’t keep him from getting fired by Bud.

  7. schulzey22 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    Hopefully the firings will start with OC Chris Palmer then by the firing on DC Jerry Gray. Two failures who somehow got another chance to ruin an NFL team.

  8. Haute Couture says: Nov 5, 2012 3:42 PM

    Now lets go have a goddam snack!

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    “Everyone is scared. We’re all looking over our shoulders now. Like in that movie ‘The Walking Dead’. Where the undead guy is stalking everyone…….You never knew what he was going to do next. Or where he’d turn up…Or maybe it was ‘Zombie Sunset’. Anyway you know what I mean…..”.

  10. realdealsteel says: Nov 5, 2012 3:50 PM

    Hey Mr. Adams?

    Jeff Fisher doesn’t look so bad now? Huh?

  11. billhicks666 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    “If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”

    Excuse me, Bud, but how can the Titans get back to being a championship football team when they’ve never won a championship in the first place? Just sayin’….

    Oh, and good luck with all those changes. You’re going to need it! Hehehe

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 5, 2012 4:07 PM

    Don’t stop going to the games Titan fans. He might move the team to LA.

  13. dbarnes79 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    Special teams had a very bad game but the defense has played poorly all year. The offense has been adequate enough to wins games but the D continues to bleed. Don’t know if its players or coaches but I think the defense is the biggest concern.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 5, 2012 6:51 PM

    The staff is prepared for what may come. As long as Bud doesn’t bite them in the neck.

  15. shaggeez says: Nov 5, 2012 7:02 PM

    The defensive coordinator has got to go, and with him the offensive coordinator as well. The team has been unable to stop any quarterback on third down, almost irrespective of distance. Jerry Gray can’t even get 11 players on the field consistently, as amply demonstrated in the colts game.

    Coming into this year, it seemed as though the titans were gathering some good young players on both sides of the ball to form a good core of guys for the long haul. Now that we’re halfway through the season, either those players have taken steps back in their development, the scheme doesnt fit their talents. they’re poorly coached, or some combination of those things. Something has got to change, and for me it’s both coordinators. The special teams one, but for the game against the bears, has been good.

  16. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 5, 2012 8:19 PM

    Given how poorly the Titans have played, why wasn’t there a sense of urgency BEFORE their boss put them on notice????? Seems to me those coaches should be fired if their source of motivation comes from the fear of losing their jobs instead of setting high standards because they care and take pride in their work. Just sayin’

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