Titans' woes not easily fixed

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Updated: December 3, 2004, 12:20 PM ET
By Merril Hoge | ESPN Insider
Editor's Note -- ESPN analyst Merril Hoge takes a look at the woes of the Tennessee Titans and what they can do to fix them.

The Tennessee Titans are a long way from their playoff form of a year ago. Last season they went 12-4 and made it to the divisional portion of the AFC playoffs before losing 17-14 to eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

This season they are 4-7 and out of the playoffs in the tough AFC and there are a myriad of reasons behind their abrupt fall.

Former NFL fullback Merril Hoge is an analyst for a wide variety of NFL programs on television and ESPN Radio. An eight-year NFL veteran, Hoge spent 1987-93 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined ESPN in 1996.