NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans locker room cleared out quickly following their 31-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but before Titans players escaped to their cars, they addressed the media and one important question: now that they are 0-5, where do they go from here?
In all aspects of the game, the Titans just didn't compete with the Colts. Indianapolis held Tennessee's most electric offensive weapon, Chris Johnson, to only 43 yards on 11 carries, while Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns.
The losing streak this season has reached five, and the Titans have said they have no one to blame but themselves.
"We've made our own mess. We have to find our way out of it," head coach Jeff Fisher said.
The answers are not easy to come by for this Titans team, and many of the players seemed incredulous as to what the next step is. Veterans Keith Bulluck and Kyle Vanden Bosch remarked that teams they've played on have faced similar adversity and the Titans need to stay focused and confident. New addition Nate Washington echoed their sentiment.
"The main thing right now is that we have to stick together because this season isn't going the way we expected," Washington said. "We all worked hard this offseason and I think the coaches did a great job of putting the team together… A lot of things go unsaid, I think 0-5, that's not us. We have to come back out this week with a sense of urgency."
While many of the players didn't seem to have specific solutions to the problem, they said that they weren't embarrassed by what has transpired, but just know that they have to continue to play as hard as they can. Along with going back to the playbook and putting in work this week, the Titans are going to try to transfer some of their frustration towards a positive outcome Sunday against New England.
"We haven't gotten a win yet, so it's frustrating, but we have to keep our composure," wide receiver Justin Gage said.
With a date against the Patriots, who will surely be hungry after losing a heartbreaker last Sunday at Denver, the Titans will certainly have to regroup quickly.
Quarterback Vince Young, who saw action in the fourth quarter, spoke about the importance of staying together as a team, especially considering how different this season has started compared to last years' 13-3 campaign.
"There's nothing good about being 0-5, especially where we came from," Young said. "So right now we just have to stick together. All we have is ourselves, this is our team."