NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coach Ken Whisenhunt challenged the Titans following a gut-wrenching loss to the Colts.
On Tuesday, veteran tight end Delanie Walker offered his own challenge to his teammates.
"There should be (a sense of urgency),'' Walker said. "I feel the coaches have a little heat coming off of them, so if these guys are coming in here thinking it's going to be a cakewalk, they are mistaken.
"If you don't taste it in your mouth, you don't want to be here. The things that happened in that game should've never happened…I can't tell you exactly what was said, but the point of us not finishing that game, it was ridiculous. It was made perfectly clear by the head coach."
The Titans lost 35-33 to the Colts on Sunday after blowing a 27-14 fourth quarter lead. They head into the bye week with a 1-2 record.
Next, the Titans will face the Buffalo Bills on October 11.
Walker said Sunday's loss to the Colts was as painful as any regular season loss he's ever been a part of, and compared the feeling to the way he felt in his final season with the 49ers after a Super Bowl loss to the Ravens.
The Titans are scheduled to take Thursday and Friday off leading up to the weekend. Walker thinks players should have the final 13 games of the season No.1 on their list of priorities.
"If these guys want to really be where they say we want to be, they need to be watching film and not worrying about going somewhere and partying,'' Walker said.
In recent days, several players have spoken up, he said. Yes, there have been bright spots, especially on offense, but the team is 1-2, and that's not acceptable, he said.
The Bills (2-1) face the Giants on Sunday before traveling to Nissan Stadium the following week. Buffalo dismantled the Dolphins in a 41-14 win on Sunday.
"We are looking at Buffalo (film) today,'' Walker said. "If we want to be the team that we say we want to be, you should be looking at Buffalo today. You should look at Buffalo every day until we come back and get ready to play Buffalo. You should know who is starting, what coverage they run. I am going to watch and see what they do, who they are playing. This is going to be a hard game."