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Tennessee fans are tuning out the Titans

Tennessee Titans's fans wait for kickoff before their NFL football game against the Houston Texans  in Nashville, Tennessee Reuters

The fans in Tennessee are speaking with their remote controls and declaring that they’re fed up with the Titans.

Sunday’s 55-7 loss to the Packers had a 16.5 local TV rating, the lowest local rating for a Titans game since the 2005 season, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports. That 2005 season represented rock bottom for the Titans: Their 4-12 record that year was the lowest since the franchise moved to Tennessee in 1997.

But this season, with the Titans not only losing (their 5-10 record is the worst since 2005) but frequently getting blown out (the Packers game was their sixth loss by 21 points or more this season), is every bit as miserable as 2005 for Tennessee fans. It’s bad enough when your team is losing, but when your team is falling behind by 20 points in the second quarter, it’s easy to simply turn off the TV and do something else with your Sunday afternoon.

That may be bad news for Titans coach Mike Munchak. Titans owner Bud Adams has made no secret that he’s frustrated this season, and when the customers are frustrated, too, that usually leads the owner to take action. If Titans fans want to see the team make big changes this offseason, demonstrating their apathy may be the best way to convince Adams to make those changes.

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  1. ripster65 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:21 PM

    interesting…couldn’t have hurt to give VY another chance…

  2. oreo51 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    Signing Jake Locker to be their QBOTF has been a big mistake. He still cannot stay healthy and when healthy does not elevate the guys around him. Jake was aided by throwing to Jermaine Kearse in college. He doesn’t see the field well and is not accurate with the ball. Unfortunately, the Titans are stuck with him.

  3. xerocc says: Dec 28, 2012 1:27 PM

    can’t blame them

  4. stevenwilliams2013 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:28 PM

    Jake Locker is not a starting NFL QB. He’s more like a back-up. They need to re-think about the future of their QB position.

  5. buddysguys says: Dec 28, 2012 1:28 PM

    remember when Locker was supposed to be the #1 pick bahahahahahahaha

  6. theawesomersfranchise says: Dec 28, 2012 1:28 PM

    The Toronto Titans

  7. bigfootballfan says: Dec 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    Iin Cincinnati that might rate enough for a 2 year contract extension.

  8. showtime1911 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:41 PM

    so much for getting rid of my boy v.y. at least he had a winning record as your starting qb. may the ghost of vince young forever hunt this franchise.

  9. jimiinpa says: Dec 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    is it really Munchak’s fault?

  10. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    Finally Bud Adams gets what he deserves. Thanks for moving my childhood team away from me for a “better market”. I hope you lose all of your fans and the city turns on you. How is the Houston market treating the Texans? This was only a matter of time. Love ya blue!!!!

  11. gntlmnkev says: Dec 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    Between the Titans and the Vols, it’s a rough time to be a football fan in TN…

  12. floriostoupee says: Dec 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    tebow can save the titans ratings.

    (a jet fan desperate to move tebow and snachez…take them both as a package deal for a bag of balls please?)

  13. huskylawyer says: Dec 28, 2012 1:45 PM

    I’m a Washington Husky fan and alumni. Guess what? Jake Locker is horrible. He couldn’t hit a barn if it was right in front of him. I was shocked when he was drafted so as, since the entire Husky nation saw his inaccuracy the day he stepped on campus. He ran the wing-T/Wishbone in high school for crying out loud!! Who are the scouts at Tenn? They should be the first to be fire. Jake is an amazing athlete on par with Vick, Newton, Luck, RG3, etc., but he cannot pass the ball or make good decisions. This is coming from a Husky homer…

  14. seahawks4alltime says: Dec 28, 2012 1:47 PM

    Okay Titans, how ’bout this.. Trade Locker to Seattle for Matt Flynn. Locker can be the backup for the Hawks and be reunited with Kearse and it would save Seattle some money. I think it’s a win win for everyone.

  15. davearnone says: Dec 28, 2012 1:53 PM

    Teams continue to make the same mistakes trying to find a playoff caliber QB…they burn a first and second round picks on third and fourth round talent. In the process, some other team gets a chance at drafting a better prospect.

    See: Miami (multiple times), Oakland, KC, Miami, Cleveland, NYJ, Tenn, Jacksonville, etc.

    All of these teams are years from being serious playoff participants.

    Green Bay has had hall of fame caliber QB play for a quarter century. Why? They can evaluate and don’t overpay for talent. Ron Wolf thought Brett Favre was the best player in the draft, the Jets GM didn’t agree. Wolf happily gave up a D1 as his first move in GB. Ted Thompson inherited #4, but jumped on drafting Aaron Rodgers at 24 when many thought he may be the best player in the draft.

  16. jh500 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:55 PM

    Vince Young is available. The guy has a winning record and isn’t a bust like Locker.

  17. JackAcid says: Dec 28, 2012 1:57 PM

    I like the Seahawks fan’s idea of moving Locker to Seattle for Flynn and effectively downgrading their backup options.

    Signed — a Niner fan

  18. slammincamnewton says: Dec 28, 2012 1:57 PM

    I hear Mark Sanchez is on the market ;)

  19. 00reo says: Dec 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    I’m a huge titans fan and I watch all the games so I have to say people not watching them vs GB isn’t just about tuning out the Titans in general. EVERYONE knew we were going to get creamed. I’m not surprised at all that a lot of people didn’t want to watch it.

  20. 88ibis says: Dec 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    “Okay Titans, how ’bout this.. Trade Locker to Seattle for Matt Flynn. Locker can be the backup for the Hawks and be reunited with Kearse and it would save Seattle some money. I think it’s a win win for everyone.”

    ————————————

    As long as Seattle also gets a draft pick.

  21. highlydoubtful says: Dec 28, 2012 2:04 PM

    seahawks4alltime says:Dec 28, 2012 1:47 PM

    Okay Titans, how ’bout this.. Trade Locker to Seattle for Matt Flynn. Locker can be the backup for the Hawks and be reunited with Kearse and it would save Seattle some money. I think it’s a win win for everyone.
    ———-

    Hell no! That is a win for the Titans and a firing squad worthy offense for anyone who’d approve it for the Seahawks. The only thing the Titans have that is worth Flynn is a 1st round draft pick.

  22. 88ibis says: Dec 28, 2012 2:08 PM

    Locker didn’t pass the 26-27-60 college QB Litmus test. (Wonderlic, Starts, Completion percentage) It’s pretty rare for a QB to flunk that test and make it in the NFL.

  23. titansbro says: Dec 28, 2012 2:09 PM

    All of these VY fans are hilarious. VY sucked, plain & simple. Sure he could run a little, but throwing his QB stats are much worse than Locker. All of “his” wins came from having a pretty good defense & running game. He averaged 150 ypg passing & had a negative td/int ratio. Not to mention, he was always hurt. Throw in the constant headaches. VY set the franchise back 5 years.

    Locker has not really had a chance yet. In his first season as the starter he has been injured twice. When he has been in the game he has no time to throw the ball since we’re starting 3rd stringers on the o-line. I’m not saying he’s the next Peyton Manning, but to give up on him now would be stupid. I see him more as a Donovan McNabb type anyway.

    He’s not the reason the defense gives up 30 ppg. We need big splashes on both sides of the line. Draft a top pass rusher & maybe sign another one. And then sign a couple good guards. This team has talent & could be back in the playoff hunt next season.

  24. jprcox says: Dec 28, 2012 2:11 PM

    Flynn will not be in Seattle next year – its not fair to Flynn to keep him in that position when he could be the starter anywhere else. Seattle will want to save some cap space, since Wilson, Sherman, Browner, Tate, and Lynch are ALL massively underpaid.

    Seattle will have to pay them more starting next year…and they should – these guys signed 5th round pick type of deals, where every one of those guys would be a top 5 1st round pick today.

    Seattle cannot pay Flynn – Titans are a great option since out of conference team.

  25. shackdelrio says: Dec 28, 2012 2:14 PM

    They should sign Tebow to increase fan interest.

  26. bert1913 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:16 PM

    Jake Locker was inaccurate in college. Did the Titans think they were gonna fix him?

  27. onearmsteven says: Dec 28, 2012 2:19 PM

    oreo51 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 1:22 PM
    Signing Jake Locker to be their QBOTF has been a big mistake. He still cannot stay healthy and when healthy does not elevate the guys around him. Jake was aided by throwing to Jermaine Kearse in college. He doesn’t see the field well and is not accurate with the ball. Unfortunately, the Titans are stuck with him.

    the undrafted jermaine kearse!

  28. mrplow3 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:22 PM

    The Titans have a worse record than they’ve had in years since Jeff Fisher left and the Rams have a better record than they have in years since he arrived.

    Can we stop with the Jeff Fisher is an overrated hack comments now please?

  29. 1oldpro says: Dec 28, 2012 2:25 PM

    jprcox, I don’t think your arguement is right. You say that it’s not fair to Flynn, but he is getting payed big bucks to be a backup and his body is not being beaten up. The Seahawks decision to start Wilson over Flynn has been JUSTIFIED by the results.

  30. dolphins512 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:26 PM

    Ron Wolf thought Brett Favre was the best player in the draft, the Jets GM didn’t agree. Wolf happily gave up a D1 as his first move in GB. Ted Thompson inherited #4, but jumped on drafting Aaron Rodgers at 24 when many thought he may be the best player in the draft.
    _________________________________

    Didn’t Favre play for the Falcons under Jerry Glanville and then was traded to the Packers?

  31. baily67 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:31 PM

    First of all, the Titans problems are not Munchak’s full fault, you’re forgetting about Reinfeldt and the other guy, who I’m not completely thrilled about, but the “other” guy (can’t remember his name at the moment) has only had 1 year, Reinfeldt had way more, and Munchak had a pretty crappy coaching team b/c all the good ones were taken by the time he got the job so if he had the right supporting cast, things would be different. I’m blaming the Titans mediocre play in the last 5 years on management, not so much coaching.

  32. chawk12thman says: Dec 28, 2012 2:35 PM

    While Matt Flynn has high potential trade value, Seattle needs a quality back up and I like Flynn for that right now and not sure I would change next season, either.

  33. treesloth16 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:37 PM

    Jake Locker = Right-handed Tebow, minus the heart and durability.

    What a waste of pick. Could’ve taken JJ Watt or Ryan Kerrigan; both were excellent talents.

  34. steelerben says: Dec 28, 2012 2:42 PM

    Call Washington, they’ll send you Cousins for a first and second rounder.

  35. jagtiger says: Dec 28, 2012 2:46 PM

    I agree, Tebow would be a great fit for the Titans, especially since that would keep him out of Jacksonville.

  36. oilers1974 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:52 PM

    I am afraid that Bud has outlived his usefulness as a NFL owner; I place this ALL on him and his demands. He is NOT a football front office guy. He should be recognized for what he is/was, a visionary who doesn’t get enough respect for the creation of the AFL.

  37. azarkhan says: Dec 28, 2012 2:56 PM

    Call me when fans anywhere start tuning in to a lousy team.

  38. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 28, 2012 2:56 PM

    13 and 3
    13 and 3
    13 and 3
    12 and 4
    11 and 5

    … Sorry, I was just trying to remember all that .500 football we supposedly had under Jeff Fisher. No such luck. Congrats, Rams.

  39. AceDawg11 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:58 PM

    we were fed up after all the good players left bud adams kept letting good players go away…I said when they drafted locker not to throw him in the starting lineup…let him learn for 2-3 years first now everyone sees why. Titans have bad management…should have known when Fisher left…what they did to Kevin Mawae a few years back was horrible…..Titans front office are getting what they deserve

  40. rohlo says: Dec 28, 2012 2:58 PM

    bud adams is reaping the karma for the way he left houston holding that city hostage for a new stadium!! had he gone about it the right way he could have had a state of the art stadium like reliant stadium. he still lives in houston too! hmmmm!! pretty soon he will tell nashville fans he needs a new stadium to keep up with the nfl because the stadium there is now in the lower 1/3 of nfl stadiums..that stadium opened about the same time as the edward jones dome in st louis and the rams are threatening to move because of the stadium being out of date… the nfl told the city of atalnata no more superbowls till u get a new stadium.. georgia dome is only 20 something years old.. lol enjoy bud adams nashville!! glad he is not in houston anymore!!!

  41. kenorv says: Dec 28, 2012 2:59 PM

    Locker shows that no matter how much a team is in need of a QB, they should never be desperate for a QB. Too often, teams in need of a QB become desperate and when they get desperate, they make bad QB decisions.

    Whether it’s Oakland drafting JaMarcus Russell first overall, or the Jets trading up for Sanchez or the Titans drafting Locker way too high, or the Vikings drafting Ponder way too high, or Arizona trading for Kolb when he had what, 2 starts.

    If a QB isn’t grading out as a first round pick then don’t pick him in the first round just because you need a QB. If someone else wants to make that mistake then let them. It amazes me how personnel people that are supposedly highly intelligent and good at what they do continue to make poor choices, usually out of desperation, when it comes to the QB position.

  42. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 28, 2012 3:04 PM

    Vince Young, really? The bust that EVERY team refuses to even sign as a back-up? PLEASE … stop living in 2006.

  43. southridge23 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:04 PM

    kudos to titans fans. We in Buffalo have been playing JV football for 13 years and local idiots continue to turn out and tune in.

  44. jcbrave says: Dec 28, 2012 3:09 PM

    I’m really really really really hoping to wake up Monday morning to find out Munchak has been fired.

    Even in 2005 Fisher still had a pretty solid reputation and there was hope for the future with him, wasn’t til 2010 people wanted his head on a platter.

    But with Munchak, theres absolutely no way I can be excited about the future, he’s got to go!

  45. flipola says: Dec 28, 2012 3:10 PM

    Off the field, Jake is everything VY was not. Hard worker, leadership qualities, not insane, et cetera. Their subpar o-line became atrocious due to injuries. I’d give Jake a year to see how he does with a better line. And keep Hasselbeck just in case.

  46. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 28, 2012 3:18 PM

    azarkhan says:
    Dec 28, 2012 2:56 PM
    Call me when fans anywhere start tuning in to a lousy team.

    ===========================

    The phone just rang…. its for you… its Cowboys fans…

  47. jimbo75025 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:19 PM

    floriostoupee says:
    Dec 28, 2012 1:44 PM
    (a jet fan desperate to move tebow and snachez…take them both as a package deal for a bag of balls please?)
    ———

    That’s an obscene price. How about half of a leftover turkey sandwich the Titans were going to throw away anyway and an expired free soda with purchase of a large fries coupon from Burger King?

  48. titansbro says: Dec 28, 2012 3:22 PM

    Did the guy say the Seahawks have to pay Lynch because he’s massively underpaid? Bro, he just signed a huge deal before this season. And pay Russell Wilson? He’s a rookie. You don’t renegotiate your contract until at least year 3.

  49. thefiesty1 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:25 PM

    Should have kept Vince. 37-19 is a lot better than 4 or 5 wins a season. Idiot ownership.

  50. luckyarmpit says: Dec 28, 2012 3:32 PM

    I feel ya Titans fans. That’s exactly what I did last week… when the Giants were down 14-0 in the first quarter, I turned off the TV and went and did something else.

  51. eastwood1956 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:37 PM

    I am a Titans fan through and through, but we need WHOLESALE changes. Bud needs to keep his wrinkly old a$$ in Houston and retire. His grandson is the heir apparent. Bud is almost 90 years old and looks like he was just propped up out of a casket. He needs to go lie down somewhere.

  52. trollhammer20 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:39 PM

    I’ve turned off the Seahawks the past few weeks, too. I mean, once you’re ahead by four touchdowns, the games get kinda boring. :)

  53. firestarter0728 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:46 PM

    Didn’t VY get a 6 on his Wonderlic exam? Now I’m thinking they may have boosted his score to increase his draft stock.

  54. lightcleric says: Dec 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    Even their owner said he turned off the game last week, why shouldn’t fans?

  55. dblockatl says: Dec 28, 2012 4:04 PM

    at least they aren’t burning $56 MM on an overhyped running back and have plenty of cap room to build around their franchise QB….

    Munchak isn’t the issue here – Bud Adams is…Too bad it’ll be Munchak and co falling on the sword

  56. 3yardsndust says: Dec 28, 2012 4:22 PM

    Who’s Vince Young?

  57. Robert says: Dec 28, 2012 4:24 PM

    The Rose Bowl is ready in 2013 for the Los Angeles Titans.

  58. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 28, 2012 4:41 PM

    Which team will have the most fans with brown bags on their heads next year?

    Titans?
    Saints?
    Browns?
    J-E-T-S?

  59. packerpauly says: Dec 28, 2012 5:19 PM

    It’s only fitting that the fans quit on the team that had already quit on them, their coaches and their season.

  60. EJ says: Dec 28, 2012 5:51 PM

    I know not every Titan fan liked/loved Vince Young, but most Titan fans did not agree with the team moving on from the young QB. Vince Young wasn’t the typical Pocket passer, nor was he a run n’ gun QB either. He was a little bit of both. Sometimes you don’t need to be a prototypical player to win games. Young had a winning record as the starting QB for the Titans, but still lost his job. I think It was more of a personal issue than anything else that removed Young from his spot. Personally, I think it was a bad move getting rid of Young and believe the Titans will be cursed from now on for their actions.

  61. ajonesmc931 says: Dec 28, 2012 5:53 PM

    Texans fans are funny. They make playoffs 1 time in franchise history and NOW they talk smack to titans fans. You think they would have already won Super Bowl. Here’s some news…..matt schaub will Never win a Super Bowl.

  62. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 28, 2012 7:51 PM

    Can Titan fans really be blamed? They are not competitive at all. One of several really bad NFL teams this year.

  63. hatesycophants says: Dec 28, 2012 9:50 PM

    Jeff Fisher is an overrated hack.

  64. mkelleygolf says: Dec 28, 2012 11:45 PM

    My 10 cents on the sad state of the Titans as a huge fan:

    1. Regardless of where you stand on VY. When you get rid of your coach AND so called QB of the future in the same year you are screwed for years. Only the Colts have been able to pull this off.

    2. The Titans have drafted horribly for the past eight years and it is finally catching up with them. The list of busts is extensive- VY, Pacman, Griffin (yes Griffin), Dereck Morgan, Jared Cook (I like him but they gave up a lot to get Cookie), Lendale White, Chris Henry, etc., etc. To top it off, the Titans hit a home run with Courtland Finnegan as a seventh round pick and they refused to pay him.

    3. The Munchak hire was a joke. If you were going to hire from within, we should have stuck with Fisher.

    4. The Nashville media has been too soft on criticism of the front office. It sickens me to listen Mark Howard on the Titans postgame show repeated stand up for Munchak. I’m glad there is a sense of apathy with the fan base. That is the only way to get Bud’s attention.

  65. blazertop says: Dec 29, 2012 5:19 AM

    Send the Texans to L.A. and move the “Oilers” back to Houston. Fix two things at once.

  66. cranespy says: Dec 29, 2012 7:50 AM

    Biggest mistake was letting Jeff Fisher get away. Munckak is not the guy for the HC position. This can be fixed but the list is short……Cowher, Gruden, Saban or Kelly. Has to be one of those four…..then grab Alex Smith from the niners…..he is NOT the QBOTF but he can fill the spot until the right man falls our way. Remember how far he took SF and he was NEVER loved by JH…..finally…rebuild the defense….in 3 years we will be Division Champs

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