Titans Top Texans, Finish 7-9
By Mike Edler
Game. Set. Season.
The Titans finished off a disappointing year with a victory at home against the Houston Texans. This game was one that had little to no implications, other than guaranteeing the Texans their choice of any player in the 2014 draft. The Titans improve from last years 6-10 record with this years 7-9 mark, but remain disappointed.
Ryan Fitzpatrick could have made this one a lot worse for the Texans if not for some early game inconsistencies and some bad bounces, but overall played well in relief of Locker. Chris Johnson might have given Titan’s fans one last show with his 127 yard performance and one touchdown; Johnson has run the hardest I have ever seen him run in the past few weeks. Coincidentally it's been when there are rumors of him being cut in the offseason. Johnson has always given the Titans his best when his money was on the line and this season has been the same story.
The defense capped off a resurgent season by allowing only 10 points to a depleted Texans offense, as well as intercepting Matt Schuab twice. The defense has been the bright point of this team and it is a shame that only one defensive coach will return. I would put my money on Gregg Williams unless he gets the option to be a head coach somewhere.
This win builds momentum toward the offseason for the Titans and now it is time to evaluate and decide who will make up the team in 2014. Munchak’s ruling is coming in the next few days and after that, the franchises direction will be relatively clear. After Munchak, I would say resigning Verner and Pollard should be high on the teams to do list, but first the team needs a head coach.