INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans’ 41-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium:
Did they overestimate? Ken Whisenhunt fielded this question from The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt after the game: “I know when you first got this job you said you weren’t necessarily asking for patience. Do you think maybe you overestimated the team that you have?"
His answer: “You know, I guess that’s the problem saying those kind of things. You go on a stretch where you have a couple games and you don’t play well, and those are the kind of things that, hey, I still believe that, I still believe we have a team that’s good enough, that’s better than what we are playing right now. But we have to look at what we are doing, how we are doing it. We have to look at everything. Maybe. Maybe, Jim.”
A few fellow reporters paraphrased that quote on Twitter, and he’s getting crushed for it. I’ll never crush a guy for candor. He didn’t inherit a very good team. He didn’t inherit a good quarterback situation. A new guy has to talk optimistically. Usually a new coach would never admit he might have overestimated.
My suggestion is, don’t feel angry about it. Feel refreshed by the honesty. Handle the truth.
Non-playmaking: Kendall Wright spoke thoughtfully about the underachieving wide receivers.
He did not like the call that ruled he fumbled away a possession in the first quarter.
“It was a drive-killer, I’ll take full blame for that,” Kendall said. “I was already tripping, so I was just diving forward. Last time I checked, the ground can’t cause a fumble. Man, I don’t have any excuse. Just hold on to the ball and go make the next play.”
The officials ruled he wasn’t down by contact, in which case the ground can cause a ball to come loose, as he was never technically tackled.
Not good enough: Charlie Whitehurst said he didn’t think he played well enough to win the game. Given the broad context, he’s right. But he simply didn’t get enough help. He was taking shots. He was a victim of drops, a fumble, a tipped-ball-turned-interception and a recovered onside kick.
“I don’t think Charlie got a lot of help,” Whisenhunt said.