Tennessee Titans players dismissed the suggestion that they should tank their season, according to The Tennessean.
The team is 2-7 and has lost seven of its last eight games, including a 21-7 defeat in Baltimore last week.
"I'm like, 'Oh, OK, sure,' " said tight end Delanie Walker, shaking his head. "It is ludicrous to me. Fans don't understand the situation we go through as players. No one wants to lose games for better picks. It just doesn't happen. It would never happen. Just the thought is ludicrous." [...]
"I have worked too hard personally to listen to anybody that tells me to go out and tank a season," wide receiver Nate Washington said. "I wouldn't know the meaning of that. To those naysayers who think we should go out and mail it in the rest the season, maybe they shouldn't go to work for the next month and see if they expect a paycheck. Let's see how it works out for them. ...
"I can't see one individual in here that would be able to look at himself in mirror if they 'tanked it.' Not one guy is comfortable with that. This is a prideful group of guys, and no matter what the scoreboard is everyone is going to give his all."
Multiple teams -- including the 0-9 Oakland Raiders and 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars -- currently have worse records than the Titans, meaning they would not have the first pick in the draft if it were held today.
The Titans have not made the postseason since 2008.
- Chris Johnson