Bud is trying to replace Al Davis in the history books. [From THE TENNESSEAN] Titans have borrowed Raiders' off-field playbook Thank heavens for the Oakland Raiders. As long as Al Davis is alive and the Raiders remain in utter disarray, the Titans will not be the most dysfunctional organization in the NFL. But based on what has happened over the past couple of years and particularly in the past few weeks, it's not for a lack of trying. The Titans are in the two-minute drill in an attempt to catch up or down to the Raiders. Granted, there are differences. Since the two teams met in the AFC Championship game in 2002, Oakland is 37-91 and the Titans are 66-62. The Raiders have had six head coaches during that period, including new appointee Hue Jackson, while the Titans have stuck with Jeff Fisher. But when it comes to strange behavior off the field, the Titans are closing on the Raiders fast. In short order, the Titans have filed divorce papers from their quarterback, retained a lame-duck head coach, shuffled the coaching staff and generally turned what was once a stable NFL franchise into a three-ring circus. In the process, the Titans' image has taken a hit. When you step away and survey the scene from a distance, you see an aging owner firing one-gun salutes from his luxury suite, a defensive coordinator flipping off the refs, players accumulating penalties and fines, a relationship between a coach and quarterback that is straight out of a soap opera and a team that turns a 5-2 start into a 1-8 finish. What is this, Oakland East? Sure, a lot of NFL franchises walk on the wild side. What about the Jets? Their coach talks trash and fixates on feet. The players squawk constantly. So? If you make it to the AFC Championship game, nothing else matters. If you win, you're colorful. If you lose, you're incompetent It starts at the top. Davis has been running the Raiders into the ground for the past several years. His fingerprints are all over the organization's decline. At least Crazy Al is willing to take some of the blame for his team's wayward performance. Last week, Davis told reporters: "I have made mistakes, no question. You're saying, 'Should I take some of the blame?' I certainly do." In contrast, Titans owner Bud Adams has yet to admit that his edict to draft Vince Young and his continued coddling of the quarterback were mistakes. To the contrary, he still makes it sound like Fisher and others should have figured out a way to make things work. Meanwhile, Fisher has some explaining of his handling of the Chuck Cecil matter. Cecil signed a one-year contract extension in December. This came in a month when Cecil's defense gave up an average of 389.3 yards per game. A month after extending his contract, Fisher called Cecil into his office and fired him. What gives? Did Fisher have an epiphany? Or did he give his friend and colleague a year's worth of salary to ease the blow of getting fired. Whatever the case, it's a strange way to conduct business. Sounds like the way the Raiders would handle things, doesn't it?