Kenny Britt arrest casts doubt on key Titan

Mike Munchak’s phone rang sometime recently with news of Kenny Britt's arrest.

The Titans' new coach is a no-nonsense guy, and we’ve wondered just how he would handle his first moment like this. The lockout, of course, means we still won’t know as it prohibits him from contacting Britt or being involved. I doubt Munchak slept soundly, however.

News of Britt’s arrest is a brutal development for the Titans. The third-year receiver has consistently been listed as one of the reasons things might not be so bad for the franchise. It needs a quarterback, but when he arrives, at least he will have Chris Johnson in the backfield and Britt lined up wide. Britt's a dynamic playmaker who can be a big producer.

Such talk, however, usually came with a caveat about maturity and smarter decision making.

Now The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt says Britt is facing three charges: eluding a police officer (a third-degree felony), lying to an officer hindering apprehension and obstructing governmental function following a stop.

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez and Jay Glazer have a combo report and Wyatt hits it all, too.

The descriptions of the events make it sound as if Britt had several opportunities along the way to stop a chain of poor decisions, but failed to do so.

Britt’s hard to figure. I saw him a few weeks ago at the Nashville airport while we both endured a long delay of our flight to Philadelphia. He was a doting dad to his 3-month-old daughter and came across as he usually does, as an affable guy with a bright smile.

Such snapshots hardly preclude him from having an irresponsible, illogical side that tells him he can pretend a speeding car wasn’t his. But if he could put the proper foot forward, he can be an electric player with a bubbly personality who could own Nashville. Instead, he has a history pockmarked with off-field incidents and is a big topic of debate for the city.

Once the NFL and the players reach a new labor agreement or are put back to work by the courts, Britt could face discipline under commissioner Roger Goodell’s personal conduct policy.

If allowed, Munchak could make his first big statement about expected behavior as well.

And as we mention that a new Titans quarterback will come into a decent situation because he’ll have Johnson and Britt, we’ll need to raise the volume on the Britt caveat.

He can only be included in a list of quality elements in place if he’s got his head on straight and plays smart away from NFL stadiums.