Some of the main themes of his message were consistency Womens Delanie Walker Jersey , effort, and focus. As usual, the coach refused to point the blame at any individual players, saying that the only two guys that the Titans didn’t need more from against the Bills were Ryan Succop and Brett Kern. It sounded like Vrabel was disappointed in the effort from the defense on the Josh Allen touchdown run. There appeared to be a lack of intensity from some players in pursuit of the Bills quarterback on that play and that’s unacceptable. As Vrabel said, “they can beat us, but they can’t outwork us.” Vrabel was quick to take responsibility for the delay of game penalty that pushed a 3rd and 3 to a 3rd and 8 during a Titans drive on the edge of field goal range. He said that he thought they were going to get it off and didn’t want to use a timeout if he didn’t have to. The big injury question coming out of the Bills game was with regards to Taylor Lewan who left early with a foot injury. He is having an MRI today to see what exactly is going on with the injured foot. It’s something that Lewan said he’s dealt with in the past. Dennis Kelly has a chance to be available this week according to Vrabel. He said that they worked him out before the game on Sunday and the biggest hurdle remaining is Kelly feeling comfortable that he’s ready to play. If Lewan’s injury is going to keep him out for any length of time, Kelly’s availability will be critical for the offense.Vrabel was asked about his feelings about the wide receiver depth and simply responded that he and Jon Robinson will continue to evaluate the roster at all positions Authentic Austin Johnson Jersey , including receiver. I know the clamoring for Dez Bryant is going to ramp back up after Nick Williams let a potential win slip right through his arms in Buffalo, but do we really think adding the receiver who led the NFL in drops in 2017 to this roster is going to fix the drop issue? Vrabel praised Jonnu Smith’s work in pass protection, saying that it was much better this week than it was against the Eagles. Regarding his lack of targets, he said that he needs to continue to build trust with Marcus Mariota.The Titans coach had a conversation with Rashaan Evans about the tweet regarding inside linebacker not being his primary position. Vrabel said that Evans can’t have it both ways with regards to social media and has to be consistent with his approach regardless of whether the team wins or loses. Regarding his play in the game, he said that he thought Evans had some good moments, but also a couple missed tackles that he would like to have back. Specifically one where he tried to crush LeSean McCoy instead of just squaring him up and making the tackle. One thing that really struck me from the press conference was Vrabel’s willingness to admit that he doesn’t know everything regarding quarterback and running back play specifically. He admits that he’s never played those positions and therefore he can only make suggestions and lean on others who have. It’s refreshing to hear a coach admit to not being an all-knowing expert on all things football.“Igniting the Fire” Episode Four Recap The Titans released the fourth installment of their Igniting the Fire video series tonight. This episode, titled “The Fury of the Secondary” Womens Brett Kern Jersey , features everyone’s favorite new position coach Kerry Coombs and his ultra-talented defensive backs. If you missed the first three episodes you can check them out via the links below.Episode 1: Who is Mike Vrabel?Episode 2: Taking FlightEpisode 3: Implementing the Run GameHere is tonight’s new episode for your viewing pleasure.First, it’s impossible not to love Kerry Coombs. The energy and passion that he brings to the job is incredible and comes across as genuine. The shot of him running to the end zone to go celebrate after a Logan Ryan pick 6 in practice was fantastic. I’m looking forward to getting to see him work in person when camp opens in a couple weeks.One of Coombs’ points of emphasis was that the proverbial “game of inches” is particularly true in the secondary where those inches can be the difference between a pass break up and a completion.
They intend to win those inches by making slight improvements to technique. They also discussed the importance of conditioning, particularly when it comes to making those crucial game winning plays in the 4th quarter. The episode also introduced us to the Titans sports dietician, Jill Merkel, and gave some insight in to how they design the player’s diets to fit their offseason goals. That’s something most probably take for granted from an NFL team — and it should be a given — but for a franchise that recently had former quarterback Matt Hasselbeck tell Sports Illustrated that the “organization was really bizarre, and so far behind in terms of nutrition and everything else”, it’s good to see them taking a more modern sports science approach to nutrition in particular. The episode then wraps up with more quotes from Coombs http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/taylor-lewan-jersey , Pees, and members of the Titans secondary discussing how the group really goes out of their way to try to help each other improve. I think that mentality is primarily owed to two players: Logan Ryan and Kevin Byard. Those two seem to be natural leaders and both are known to be extremely hard workers on and off the field.Malcolm Butler seems to be fitting right in and his feisty personality will bring some additional attitude and swagger to the entire DB group this fall. I’m kind of surprised to be saying this just two years removed from The Perrish Cox Experience, but I think I’m more confident in the defensive back position group than any other unit on the Titans roster heading in to 2018. Byard, Cyprien, Butler, Jackson, Ryan http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/wesley-woodyard-jersey , and Sims have a chance to be a special unit.This was also our first extended time with Dean Pees outside of a few scattered press conferences and I found him to be the calming “yin” to Coombs’ high energy “yang”. Many of his more notable quotes revolved around his expectations of elite effort over everything else. He wraps up the episode by saying that he wants his defense to play hard and play fast, which fall right in line with Mike Vrabel’s drumbeat of “know what to do, play fast and aggressive”.Speaking of Vrabel, next week’s episode features his former position group as the linebackers take center stage. The preview gives glimpses of Vrabel being hands on with coaching this group. It also means we will likely get a look at the two big draft picks from the 2018 class, Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry (I still have to pinch myself every now and then to make sure it’s real).This was probably my favorite episode yet, mostly due to the personalities. Coombs is probably the most interesting of the position coaches with his demeanor and many of the biggest player personalities on the team are in the secondary. The expectations should be pretty high for this group when camp starts in a couple weeks.