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Titanic Comback Falls Short

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Carson Palmer throws a pass under pressure from Derrick Morgan. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
Carson Palmer throws a pass under pressure from Derrick Morgan. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.

The Titans proved a lot to me on Sunday against the Cardinals. They could have rolled over and died for a coach that most likely will not be the coach much longer. They could have let the Cardinals have their way with them and let the game become like the Bronco's game the week before, but they didn’t.

This team fought for respect and earned some of it in my eyes.  

The Titans lost in overtime, but not before rallying back and scoring 17 straight points on the back of Michael Preston. The effort eventually fell short however when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the first possession of overtime and the Cardinals kicked a game winning field goal soon after.

The effort by Fitzpatrick, Kendall Wright and Michael Preston is exactly what a fan base wants to see from a team that is playing for the draft and for next season. The defense had it’s ups and downs, but Jurrell Casey and Alterruan Verner were as good as ever in this game. 

Like all games, not all was positive from the effort. The defense did give up 37 points to a Cardinals offense that isn’t a world beater. The play of Zach Brown and Akeem Ayers has dropped off immensely, and Brown was replaced by Zavier Gooden in the first quarter.

Of course the worst from Sunday’s action was the decision to go for the tie and not the win after the Titans last touchdown. An offsides call had the ball moved to the one yard line and even still, the Titans choose to kick. You could see offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains pleading with Munchak to go for two, but to no avail. 

What concerns me about this series of events is that the offseason plan was to build a team that can get the hard yard at any point in a game.  Munchak based his offseason on establishing an offensive line and running game that can get that yard at any point, and he balked at the opportunity.  

The Titans played hard for their home fans, but have now dropped five straight at LP Field. Two games remain on the schedule and Munchak can look to improve his miserable record against the AFC South, but when you balk at the chance to prove your plan was a success, I think that's a huge point that ownership will not soon forget when evaluating him this offseason.