NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Titans’ jerseys may be light blue, but not because the sky has fallen — yet.
At 0-4, I expected there to be some sense of despair after practice today, in this knee-jerk, reactionary NFL in which we reside. Yet, things remain steady, at least publicly, with the franchise that last season boasted the league’s best record (13-3) but is now surprisingly lumped among the Rams, Chiefs, Bucs and Browns of the world.
That doesn’t even sound right.
I had some good conversations with players and coach Jeff Fisher today, and most of what I gleaned will be in a column that will be on NFL.com late Thursday night/Friday morning. However, the Titans, as calm and as at ease as they may have seemed Wednesday, are not taking things lightly.
Veterans like Keith Bulluck and Kevin Mawae said it’s no time to panic, but they’ve done the math – and said it is time to win if they want to get into the playoffs.
“A fire needs to be lit,” Bulluck said.
When asked about facing the Colts and then the Patriots in their next two games, everyone said the same thing — Colts first. They feel that if they get a win, things will turn. That’s if they get a win, soon.
Some quick points:
- Fisher won’t take over the defense from first-year coordinator Chuck Cecil, although Fisher said he has been more involved in every aspect of the team.
- Kerry Collins won’t be lifted in favor of Vince Young at quarterback.
- Pro Bowl CB Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.
- CB Nick Harper (ribs) and S Vincent Fuller (forearm) did not practice.
- Bulluck lifts weights in Timberland Boots.
— Steve Wyche