NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What should the Titans do with Kenny Britt?
He had a game off while he was hurt and the hope was it would help him refocus. But he was back to his dropping ways on Sunday and hurt the Titans in their loss to Kansas City.
I understand why it’s too extreme and not beneficial in the long term just to bury him.
But the team already reduced his work. He played far less against the Chiefs than he’s played in several games earlier this season -- just 35 of 69 snaps.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said after the game the team would reassess everything concerning Britt.
On Monday, Mike Munchak fielded questions about what that means.
“The only way someone can get out of a funk is to play,” Munchak said. “You can’t decide he’s never going to play again because he’s dropped some balls. It’s hard, it’s a double-edged sword. He’s dropped some balls. Does that mean he’s not going to get any opportunities the rest of the year? Where do you draw the line at, ‘OK, you’re not going to get a chance to catch any more footballs.’ That’s a tough little deal there."
“We still feel he’s a very good football player," Munchak said. "We still feel his attitude is very positive about trying to do the right thing. We know he wants to contribute. All those things are correct, so that’s why he continues to get an opportunity to play -- maybe not as much as he has when he was a starter at the beginning of the season -- but, he still had an opportunity yesterday to make a play or two. We have to look at that as a team, obviously. When you’re 3-2 and not scoring the points you want on offense, [you need to figure] out a way to do that.
“We’ll take all that under advisement as we go forward. No decisions have been made, and when the time comes, we’ll decide what’s best.”
I don’t think they are going to cut Britt loose, despite angry fans calling for his head. They can drop him to sixth out of six receivers, but they aren't finding a better guy on the street for that role.
Munchak said he watched Britt have another good week of practice last week. Munchak doesn't offer up the "good week of practice line nearly as often as his old boss, Jeff Fisher, did. But, as was typically the case with Fisher, I can’t remember Munchak ever saying someone had a bad week of practice. So we can't give the good week claim much import.
Until they get Britt in the stress of a game, they don’t know how he’s going to respond. And they can’t be the team they aspire to be if they are throwing the ball, even a little, to a guy they have that question about. They have enough other stuff to worry about.
Munchak said the franchise has an obligation to play the best guys.
When Britt is on the field, even as part of a rotation, they are failing to do so.
They can’t solve it on Sunday if they don’t come up with something new leading up to Sunday. Receivers coach Shawn Jefferson is getting good results out of others, but doesn’t appear to be getting through to Britt. To the degree Loggains and Munchak have tried, they haven't, either.
Meanwhile Britt looks like he’s “stabbing” at the ball, a good word chosen by former Titans quarterback Neil O’Donnell on Nashville radio.
“I don’t know if he’s pressing so hard because he wants to make a play that the easiest catches are becoming hard catches,” Munchak said. “I don’t know, it’s hard to explain exactly why. Obviously, his position is to catch footballs, and he’s having so much trouble in the games. He had some good opportunities. I mean, he didn’t play nearly as much as he normally does in games, but he still had opportunities to help us in this game. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do that.”
It’s on Britt, first and foremost.
But Munchak can’t just say it’s hard to explain what’s up with the receiver. His job is to figure out what’s going on and help correct it. Through five weeks of the season, that appears to rate as a fail right along with Britt's performance.