Glennon’s five Titans takeaways from a night the defense failed another big test

By John Glennon

More than three months after they took the field for the first game of the season, the Titans still haven't solved their very significant – and very recurring – problem:

On afternoons the Titans' offense doesn't ring up points like a pinball machine, this team has yet to show us it has what it takes to beat a quality opponent with any kind of consistency.

The Titans had teased us the previous two weekends, putting together decent defensive efforts in downing the Jaguars and Lions. But did putting the clamps on Jacksonville's Mike Glennon and Gardner Minshew really mean anything in the big picture? Did shutting down the lame Lions – even with a quality quarterback like Matt Stafford – offer proof the Titans' defense had made strides?

It would appear not based on what we saw Sunday in Green Bay, when Aaron Rodgers carved the Titans' pass defense in a ruthlessly efficient performance – and rookie running back A.J. Dillon trampled Tennessee's run defense as well. The Packers rolled up 448 total yards, scored touchdowns on four of five trips into the red zone and never punted – turning the ball over once on downs, once on an interception.

“Obviously the defense, we didn't give our offense, we didn't give our team a chance,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. “We didn't start fast. We didn't finish strong. We just didn't play . . .

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Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: