Titans give angry owner the perfect response

Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:41pm EST
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - A week after owner Bud Adams gave a strongly worded warning to the Tennessee Titans, Mike Munchak's team responded in perfect fashion with an impressive 37-3 win at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The defeat puts a severe dent in Miami's hopes of making the playoffs as they slip to 4-5 in the AFC East after a woeful performance.

Adams had responded angrily to last week's 51-20 home loss to the Chicago Bears, warning that "all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated."

The words certainly gained a response, even if Munchak insisted the team knew they had fallen well below their own standards.

"We were already upset, no-one had to tell us how they felt. I think it's a matter of us having a good week of work, concentrating and coming back and playing much better," he said.

"Only the team can dig ourselves out of the hole. It was only one game but we needed this one."

Jake Locker returned as starting quarterback for the Titans after more than a month out with injury and after a rusty start, he led his team to a convincing victory that never looked in doubt.

A nine-yard pass to Kendall Wright put the Titans on their way before running back Chris Johnson produced a great cutback as he rushed 17 yards into the end zone to make it 14-0.   Continued...