The Tennessee Titans were shredded by the Chicago Bears on Sunday. It was the type of comprehensive defeat that leaves an organization asking deeper questions -- and the owner circling the wagons.
Bud Adams is not a young man. The Titans head honcho told the Tennessean he couldn't recall as grisly a loss in 50 years of owning the team. Adams accused the Titans of being "grossly outcoached and outplayed" and vowed to make changes if the ugliness continues.
The result is fear. One Titans coach told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com a feeling of anxiety has set in.
"Everyone is scared. We're all looking over our shoulders now," the coach said. "When I say everyone, I mean everyone. There is a sense of panic now throughout the organization."
The aide told Freeman coaches are quietly hunting other jobs to offset a potential mass firing after the season.
Tennessee is on pace to become just the fourth team in NFL history to allow 500 points in a season, and there is no deception in that figure: The Titans have been that bad on a weekly basis. The free fall might be fierce.