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Titans assistant: “Everyone is scared” by Adams’ comments

Bud Adams

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams watches players warm up before an NFL football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Titans owner Bud Adams said his team was “grossly outcoached and outplayed” in their 51-20 loss to the Bears on Sunday and promised to make changes if things don’t improve over the final seven games of the season.

“At this time, all aspects of the organization will be closely evaluated, including front office, coaches and players over the next seven games,” Adams said. “If performance and competitiveness does not improve, I will look at all alternatives to get back to having the Titans become a playoff and championship football team.”

Adams’ words have reached their targets. One unnamed Titans assistant told Mike Freeman of that hearing that kind of dissatisfaction from the man who signs their paychecks has left everyone in the organization a little bit jumpier than they were this time last week.

“Everyone is scared. We’re all looking over our shoulders now. When I say everyone, I mean everyone,” the coach said. “There is a sense of panic now throughout the organization.”

The assistant also told Freeman that some members of the staff have been “covertly” looking for other jobs in the event that they get the axe. That certainly qualifies as a sense of panic.

It’s an illustration of how quickly things can change in the league. The Titans were a couple of fourth quarter plays away from winning their third straight game and improving to 4-4 before losing to the Colts in overtime in Week Eight. Now they reportedly have assistants planning their next stop with seven games left in the season.