NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee offensive line is what coach Mike Munchak calls a "work in progress" now that right tackle
Those are not all the injuries on the line.
Munchak said Monday they were waiting for test results on left guard
"It seems like this is one of those years where everything what can go wrong has gone wrong, and we've been challenged in a lot of different ways," Munchak said.
When Roos hurt his knee with 9:13 left in the third quarter, that jumbled the line with no other linemen available.
"It seemed like I was the only one standing and everybody else just kind of fell out," right guard
With Stewart out, the Texans batted down even more passes. All the injuries led to
"You never want to see your quarterback take a beating like that," Velasco said. "That's our job as offensive linemen. I know it comes with running backs and tight ends and all, but as an offensive line, that's what we take to heart not to let our quarterback get hit like that and to protect our quarterback. ... We didn't do a very good job at it."
Both Munchak and Velasco took issue with a hit the center took from Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith on the Titans' final offensive play, their sixth and final turnover. Officials flagged Smith for a personal foul, and Locker took up for his lineman by confronting Smith. Velasco called it "very, very cheap shot" and that he hopes the NFL fines Smith, while Munchak was stronger.
"Totally unnecessary. Uncalled for. No place in the game for it. All those things," said Munchak, himself a Hall of Fame offensive lineman. "They threw the flag. Obviously they saw it. I'm sure there'll be some consequences to that. That's just totally out of line."
Now the Titans (4-8), who visit Indianapolis (8-4) on Sunday, have to wait and see if Hutchinson can play before figuring out who starts on the offensive line. Munchak said the veteran might play or could miss a game or two. They also have to correct issues that included at least six dropped passes.
The Titans are another loss away from their second losing season in three years. Munchak led them to a 9-7 record in his first year, and finishing this stretch strong may be a bigger challenge than starting cold as a head coach coming off a lockout, as he did in 2011.
He said the best compliments he got as a player came in seasons with only a handful of wins. Munchak insists nobody will be quitting with future jobs on the line and wants to finish strong.
"You hope if you have to go through a season like this like we're going right now, you hope that you can look back and say there was some good that came out of this. For us right now all you can look at, you've got four weeks left. The goal is to be a lot better in four weeks than you are right now. I mean that's all you can work on. We can't take back the past," Munchak said.
"The question is again can we win all four? We'll see."
NOTES: Munchak also said safety