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Titans suffer embarrassing loss in New York against the Jets

It seemed like just another day at the office for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick had no problems picking apart the Titans defense on Sunday. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Ryan Fitzpatrick had no problems picking apart the Titans defense on Sunday. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

There was no fire. There was no sense of urgency. No, the Titans simply looked like a team going through the motions in their 30-8 loss to the New York Jets.

After winning their third game of the season a week ago, it appeared that Tennessee possibly had a little momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. How wrong we were.

The first half against the Jets was perhaps the most embarrassing first that fans have seen from this team in a long time. The Titans trailed 27-0 at halftime, but it wasn’t the score that made it so unbearable. It was how it got to that point.

Wide receivers were dropping passes. Former Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was picking apart the Tennessee secondary.

And then there was this play:

Yes, somehow the Titans forgot to cover Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall near the end of the first half. Fitzpatrick threw the easiest pass of his career and Marshall made the easiest catch of his career.

69 yards later, the Titans once again became the laughingstock of the NFL.

What can you do at this point? This team is 3-10, and the end of the season can’t get here quick enough. This team also hasn’t won back-to-back games since the end of the 2013 season.

If it were up to the fans, there’s a good chance that no one’s job would be safe on the coaching staff or in the front office. That’s the way it should be.

This is undoubtedly the worst franchise in the entire league. People that have followed this team the past few years have understood that, but even those who are casually tuning in to watch now get the fact that this franchise is an absolute mess.

Marcus Mariota is still having to do everything, including catching touchdown passes. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Marcus Mariota is still having to do everything, including catching touchdown passes. PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

A season of promise has turned into another throwaway season. Rather than being able to build on progress, the Titans once again get to start all over.

Beyond the play of Marcus Mariota and Delanie Walker, there has not been enough consistency to build upon. Mariota’s even out there having to catch touchdown passes now.

It’s at this point in the year that you wish you could hit fast forward and get this debacle of a season over with. These type of seasons and losses have become all too familiar to fans that follow this team week in and week out.

Fans have been wanting hope. Mariota has given them hope with a solid rookie season. But it’s going to take so much more than that for this team to ever be a contender again.

It may even take Bon Jovi being the owner for it to happen.

There’s really no reason for Titan fans to be angry or upset at that stage in the year. It’s not going to get any better, at least not during this season. It’s going to take a complete overhaul in the off-season to even get things headed somewhat in the right direction.

In case you need evidence of the claim that it’s not going to get any better, just take a quick peek at the schedule to see what’s up next for Tennessee.

That’s right, the Titans get to head to New England to take on the Patriots.

The last time the Titans played at New England, they lost 59-0 back in 2008. It was undoubtedly the most embarrassing loss in Titans history.

Surely that won’t happen this time around. But then again, that Titans team finished 8-8. This one is likely headed for 3-13.

So yeah, another blowout at the hands of the Patriots seems likely.

But after so many of them, does it really even matter?