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Delanie Walker says Titans loafed in loss to Jets

On several key plays against the Jets, the effort put forth by the Titans appeared to be less than stellar.

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The Tennessee Titans dropped to 3-10 when they were defeated soundly by the New York Jets in Week 14. According to tight end Delanie Walker, the loss was due in part to a lack of effort from the Titans. Following the 30-8 loss, the veteran told The Tennessean that he could see players "taking some plays off" when he rewatched film of the game.

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey also talked about "loafing" on Sunday, although he changed his tune one day later during his Monday press conference.

"I said that last night, but after watching the tape ... The effort was better than I had thought it was," Mularkey said. "It was more of a couple individuals on plays. I'm big into preaching, and these guys know and the coaches support it, of finishing plays, finishing it to the whistle. It was just more of a player here or there that was not going like we did the week before."

The plays that drew the most negative attention were on defense.

On a 69-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Jets receiver Brandon Marshall got a free release off the line of scrimmage. Titans defensive tackle Jurell Casey tried to cover him, but he was the only one -- and Marshall's going to easily win any matchup in coverage against a defensive tackle.

On another touchdown, defensive back Perrish Cox seemingly decided to get out of the way of Jets running back Bilal Powell instead of attempting to make a tackle at the goal line.

After the game, Cox told ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky that it wasn't a matter of a lack of effort on his part, but simply not being able to prevent the touchdown.

"There was no way for me to really get there. Even if I would have shot it and cut him, he would have landed in the end zone. There was no way for me to get there."

Walker claimed that he didn't watch defensive film, but that loafing was evident on the offensive side of the ball, as well.

"It was a different side of the Titans than I’ve ever seen before," Walker said, "We didn’t play our best football all the way around, including myself."

Left tackle Taylor Lewan told The Tennessean that wasn't the case:

"I've never played a game with these guys and ever thought that someone is not showing effort," Lewan said. "I think everybody wants to win just as bad as I do. I would never question any one of my teammates."

Although Walker never mentioned any specific examples of players not giving an all-out effort, there was at least one play where the Titans' receivers appeared to be moving at half speed.

The 3-10 Titans were going to have their work cut out for them against the Jets, anyway. Tennessee is ranked No. 29 in the league in total offense, while the Jets' defense is beastly. The defense ranks in the top 10 in every major category and is also rated as Football Outsiders' second-best defensive line. But given the Titans' apparent lack of effort on at least a few plays, the Jets' dominance is hardly surprising.