Titans Hopeful Winning Ways Will Re-Energize Local Fan Base
The Titans are 3-1 to start this season after making the playoffs last year, but it remains to be seen whether the club can captivate their fan base the "way they once did," according to Joe Rexrode of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Titans coach Mike Vrabel "gently pleaded last week for Titans fans to show up against the Eagles" on Sunday, as he "knew Eagles fans would" make a big appearance at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won the game 26-23 in OT, but the atmosphere "felt more like a bowl game than an NFL home game at times, with loud cheering for both teams." Eagles fans "made up maybe one-third of the crowd of 69,013." That is "a lot" of opposing fans, though Titans fans "overwhelmed Eagles fans in the end." Vrabel after the game said, “We’re hopeful that one day everything is two-toned blue in our stadium. That wasn’t the case. We knew that wasn’t going to be the case. We appreciate every Titan fan that came out today to try to cheer us on." Titans OT Taylor Lewan said, “I’m not saying the fans not being here is unjustified. Because the reality is, fan bases want to be fans of winners. And in the past we haven't been that." He noted the Eagles had "just as many fans" in the stadium as the Titans did, which meant there was "no home-field advantage." Lewan: "Hopefully we keep playing ball, the fans will keep coming, man, and I think we have a huge opportunity" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/2).