"In the offseason I'm going to take a long look at what I'm
going to do," McNair said after the Titans wasted an 18-point lead
in a 31-21 loss to the Houston Texans. "I just have to evaluate
McNair was clearly frustrated after Tennessee's latest defeat,
which was his second start since a bruised sternum caused him to
miss most of the previous four weeks. He finished 25-of-34 for 227
yards with three touchdowns but fumbled twice and threw an
interception that sealed the win for the Texans.
After sharing co-MVP honors with Peyton Manning last season, McNair and the Titans have gotten off to their worst start since he became a full-time starter in 1997. Coming into Sunday's game, McNair's passer rating of 66.4 wouldn't have ranked among the league's top 30 quarterbacks.
The Titans (4-7) dropped into last place in the AFC South after Sunday's loss, essentially eliminating them from the playoff race.
"We have to focus on winning the next five games with heart and character," McNair said. "We have to bring back enthusiasm and
fun to the game."
Despite a string of injuries so long the Titans had to include a
new page in their media guide to accommodate them, McNair ranks
second to Brett Favre in starts by a quarterback since 1997.
McNair had surgery in February to remove a cracked bone spur from his left ankle. The injury caused him to miss two games last season and left him hobbling at the end of the 17-14 playoff loss
at New England.
"I've taken a beating the last five or six years," McNair
said. "I need to look at what's best for my health and myself and
this ball team."
McNair was selected by the Houston Oilers with the fourth
overall pick in the 1995 draft out of Division I-AA Alcorn State.
After taking over as the starter two years later, McNair became the
face of the franchise through its move from Texas to Tennessee.
Along with friend and former teammate Eddie George, McNair led the Titans to the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons,
including the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance in 2000. His
73 career victories are a franchise record, three more than
six-time Pro Bowler Warren Moon.