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Titans Look to Correct Mistakes vs. Ravens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — New Titans coach Mike Munchak placed emphasis on hiring assistants who wanted to teach.

The film from Sunday's 16-14 loss at Jacksonville provided multiple teaching moments Monday. Munchak said Tennessee observed several "what if" situations from Sunday's game, identified mistakes and ways to improve.

Tennessee (0-1) hosts Baltimore at noon Sunday at LP Field. The Ravens (1-0) forced seven Pittsburgh turnovers in a 35-7 trouncing of the Steelers Sunday.

Munchak said a major message delivered to players Monday was "one week doesn't make the season."

"Don't over-panic," he added. "We have a very good opponent coming in. You have to believe in everything that you've done. You don't throw everything away after one game because certain things didn't work out the way you wanted."

Jacksonville sacked Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck on the first play of the game, stuffed running back Chris Johnson for no gain, and allowed just a short completion on third down to force a punt.

The Jaguars then controlled the line of scrimmage on their opening drive, running nine times and passing twice. The 63-yard drive ended with Jacksonville's lone touchdown — a 21-yard by Maurice Jones-Drew dash down the middle of the field without obstruction.

Jacksonville finished with 47 rushing attempts for 163 yards, often working to get down and distance situations that favored its offense.

"They had seven third-and-one's in one game," Munchak said. "That's a high number. If we don't score points on offense, that's what they're able to do to you."

Tennessee kept the game close, forcing Jacksonville to settle for three subsequent field goals, but the Titans failed to establish offensive consistency and balance. Hasselbeck completed 21 of 34 passes for 263 yards and connected with Kenny Britt on touchdown passes of 80 and 2 yards, but the Titans managed just 43 rushing yards on 13 attempts.

Left tackle Michael Roos said the Titans struggled to establish rhythm and began to press.

"For as badly as we played and as much as they controlled the game … we still had a chance," Roos said. "I've been a part of many games where we've been in control and (lost).

"If we don't make some of those mistakes, maybe we are tied or have the lead," Roos added. "It's a bunch of hypotheticals at that point. It was a good lesson for everybody, especially for the young guys."

Munchak said the important approach will be to correct the mistakes and capitalize on future opportunities.

"The NFL is a tricky thing because one week it changes so much," Munchak said. "Football can get very humbling real fast. It's a brand new opportunity. We've got 15 more of these and we still have an opportunity to do something special."

JONES, MORGAN MAY RETURN: Munchak said defensive ends Jason Jones and Derrick Morgan may return to the Titans' defensive line against the Ravens. Jones practiced some last week but he and Morgan were listed as inactive Sunday at Jacksonville as they recover from knee problems.

PLAYERS EXAMINED: Safety Chris Hope (shoulder), defensive lineman Will Hayes (shoulder) and wide receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) all underwent medical examinations Monday.

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