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Titans hope to erase ugly loss in season finale

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Titans hope to erase ugly loss in season finale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans and Mike Munchak have one more game to give owner Bud Adams reason to think the coach really can turn around this franchise.

Adams couldn't stand to watch all of the Titans' 55-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The owner, who turns 90 on Jan. 3, plans to talk with Munchak and his front office after the season finale. Munchak said he will detail what's gone wrong and his plan to fix the team.

The coach pointed out he's had one offseason with the Titans (5-10).

``There's a lot of things that are concerning,'' said Munchak, who has two years left on his contract. ``I'll just start with the record. That's concerning. That's the most important factor.''

The Titans have lost six of eight. Once again, they're last in points allowed in the NFL (451), and now the franchise record for most points given up in a season is at risk Sunday against Jacksonville (2-13). The then-Houston Oilers yielded 460 points in 1983, Munchak's second season as a player.

Cornerback Alterraun Verner said after the loss the Titans must have a serious self-evaluation.

``We have one more game, and we've got to fix it,'' Verner said. ``We've got to come out way better than this and finish off strong. This is embarrassing.''

At least the Titans don't have to play an opponent with a winning record. They are 0-7 against such teams this season.

Sunday is no guaranteed win for Tennessee, though. The Titans lost 24-19 in Jacksonville on Nov. 25, and Munchak fired his offensive coordinator the next day. Munchak had the team in Monday to watch the loss to Green Bay before letting players leave for the holiday.

The Titans have sold out their home finale, though how many fans actually show up in the seats remains to be seen. Munchak has worked for Adams since being drafted out of Penn State in 1982 - first as a player and then as a coach since 1994. Adams likes Munchak but wants to get his team fixed before turning off even more paying customers.

Tennessee's problems go beyond coaching. The Titans went into Green Bay without their top two pass catchers. The offensive line with four starters on injured reserve also had the backup center out with a sprained ankle, and replacement right tackle Mike Otto got sick and had to be replaced by Byron Stingily in his first career start.

Jake Locker had his worst performance yet. He was 1 of 7 for 7 yards in the first quarter with two interceptions, had a 0.0 passer rating by halftime and finished 13 of 30 for 140 yards. He underthrew, overthrew and was just late at times with the ball to receivers. He has 11 turnovers in the five games.

Yet the lowlight came when Locker tripped himself up trying to run away from pressure.

Yes, it counted as one of seven sacks.

Munchak defended the quarterback with 10 career starts.

``I think the team's shaky,'' Munchak said. ``I think the support around him isn't great.''

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the second episode above and more here.

Many Redskins fans are hoping the team secures a defensive back in the first round by landing a guy like Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick. But if Washington opts to address a different position in Round 1, there'll be a quality safety available in the middle rounds in Terrell Edmunds.

Terrell, the brother of top-10 prospect Tremaine, is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now, the Redskins don't have a selection in the former, but a trade could change that. They pick 109th in the latter.

"Terrell possesses high end speed and explosion traits that are coveted for his position," writes NFL.com. "He has man cover talent against big targets and should step right into a role on the coverage units for special teams."

With D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson, Washington's starting safety tandem is taken care of on paper. Nicholson was injured often as a rookie, though, so depth is needed behind him. And their special teams have been leaky for quite some time, providing the Virginia Tech Hokie a place to make an immediate impact while he works his way into the defensive rotation.

It's a rotation he would likely feel at home in, too. Edmunds is more than comfortable talking trash, so if he does become a Redskin, he'd fit right in alongside the likes of the fellow vocal guys like Swearinger, Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar.