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Draft Notebook 1.0

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As we closer to the end of the college football season there will be more mentions on players who will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now there are a few big name underclassmen that have said they plan on entering the draft. 

Safety Derwin James, one of the top defensive backs in the nation has declared for the draft. James has said he will not be playing in the Seminoles’ bowl game as well. James who stands (6’3 2010 pounds) is talked about being a top 2 pick this season. He finishes his career at Florida State with 186 tackles with 15 of them coming for a loss. He also tallied a total of 5.5 sacks with 3 interceptions for his career. 

There’s noise going around that James isn’t the only Florida State player that could be leaving at the end of the season. Defensive end Josh Sweat (6’5/250/DE/OLB) And big tall wide receiver Auden Tate (6’5/225/WR) Also are players that are potentially going into the draft. As well as 4 year tight end Ryan Izzo (6’5/245/TE) Is also considering the draft with one of the top rated corners in FBS Tarvarus McFadden (6’2/ 200/DB) Is expected to leave Florida State for the draft as he is projected to be a first round pick. 

Duke Dawson, Cornerback for the Florida Gators will not only be attending the draft. But Dawson and fellow teammate Johnny Townsendsted little time accepting to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl game. Dawson who stands 5’10 208 pounds is possibly a second or third round pick. Dawson who this past season was targeted 48 times allowed only 21 catches. And finished with a passer rating of 37.1 according to Pro Football Focus (PFF) Which was good for 2nd lowest in the SEC. Taven Bryan, Also from Florida (6’5/293/DE) has been said to be thinking about declaring for the NFL Draft as well. 

Reading more into the SEC and players who could and will declare I read that some scouts in the area are grading Georgia running back Sony Michel actually ahead of his teammate Nick Chubb. Who ranks second all time in rushing yards for a Georgia running back. Only behind Herschel Walker who holds the all time rushing yards and touchdown record for the Bulldogs. 

Harold Landry as accepted his invitation to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Landry is slated to be a first round pick and possibly slide down into the early second round. Landry who stands 6’3 250 pounds is a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, But if drafted into a 3-4 scheme he will be positioned at outside linebacker. Landry totaled 158 tackles with 48 for loss, 25 sacks, along with 1 interception, 6 pass deflections and 10 forced fumbles. He as missed the last 4 games of Boston College regular season with an ankle injury and is undetermined if he will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa on 12/27/2017

Wisconsin may be losing one of its cornerbacks. Nick Nelson (JR/5’11/208) Has been telling teammates and people close to him that he is choosing to enter the draft. In fact he is saying that he is close to choosing an agent as well. Nelson played his freshman and sophomore years at Hawaii before transferring to Wisconsin. Nelson who tallied 34 tackles in his junior year. Not as impressive has his 51 tackles his sophomore year. But he did improve on his pass breakups in his Junior year going from 18 to 20. He was also his teams punt returner. Nelson returned 22 punts for 186 yards (8.5 per return) and one touchdown. Nelson however didn’t tally a single interception in his 3 year career. He does however have good ball skills and is able to line up in man coverage. He is an aggressive player who isn’t afraid to get in on tackles. Nick Nelson is projected to be a mid round selection. 

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How I Would Finish The Titans Rebuild.

I know it’s early considering the Titans just finished week 11 for them. But one thing that’s always fun to talk about is the off-season and the possibilities of what could possibly happen. So I’ll explain my thoughts and reasons on what I would do if I were in charge of this off-season for the Titans. 

  1. First off I would obviously look into the coaching changes. But let’s say Amy doesn’t allow me to make a change there. There for i’m stuck with Mike for the duration of the next season. (SUCKS)
  2. Looking past that, I’ll look at my roster and check off where I believe we are good at and where we will need help. The good are the tackle spots, Lewan and Conklin will be the pieces to build around for this team for the next decade on. I’m set at running back since Murray is still under contract and Henry is still on his rookie deal. I would however attempt to see if Murray would take a little bit of a pay cut since the next year I would fully expect Henry to be the starter. Wide outs/ Tight ends, We are good there for sure with the likes of Matthews, Davis, Taylor, and Sharpe all coming back. The real question would be should I try and attempt to resign Decker. ( This will all depend on the deal he would want ) If not look for a depth (WR) in free agency or later in the draft. Tight ends are set with Walker and Smith as the 1 and 2 (TE). That cleans up the offense since keeping Marcus as the starter is the obvious choice. Now moving on to the defense, The defense is the tricky part here. Mainly due to the fact we only have three (3) legit pieces we can build around for the now and future. Casey, Byard and Jackson/ Ryan. Obviously Byard and Jackson are on rookie deals and will most likely get 2nd contracts to stay with the team. Ryan being drafted in 2013 is still young And can still produce good outside. Casey being the oldest but is still playing very well signed a four (4) year contract deal that takes him to 2023. Other than them we are looking at either rotational players (Klug, Williams, Johnson on the DL) and you could make an argument that Williamson the LB is replacable. Then you have to look at the aging players. Orakpo, Morgan, Woodyard. With their contracts ending in 2019 and 2020. It could be best to possibly look at replacing them, or trading them for a draft pick.
  3. Biggest questions on the Titans offense in free agency would be the interior offensive line. Now I mentioned last year it would be a good idea to look into but Robinson thought other wise. So this year since i’d be taking over I wouldn’t look past it. Players Kline, Spain, And Schwenke contracts expires in 2018. I would re-sign Kline before Spain and obviously Schwenke. That puts the right guard position settled. Back up center/ guard and starting guard is a bit different. There’s nothing on the free agent market that’s going to be an upgrade over Spain. So unless someone gets released i’ll be re-signing Spain.
  4. Who would I re-sign overall. I would re-sign Succop, Kline, Spain, Schwenke, Decker ( On a small deal ) and Jones. None of this players would demand a lot of money for their respective position.
  5. Now onto the defense, I think we need someone opposite Casey, I got my eyes on Lawrence from the Cowboys, Though it won’t be easy considering he is having a great season. Lawrence has 12 sacks on the year, Would I might have to overpay for him? Possibly but I believe it would be the right move. Now onto the linebackers, Not much for the outside pass rushers, Look inside since Williamson is a free agent as well this season. Maybe a Navarro Bowman who has played in 8 games and as 70 tackles and 3 quarterback hits, Or maybe Demario Davis, Davis has played in 10 games and as totaled 82 tackels, 4 sacks, and 10 quarterback hits. Both players under 30 and still have between 3 to 5 years left. I would send offers to both players and see where they stand and would go from there. I would like Davis just a bit more but would gladly take either one. I wouldn’t bother with signing a corner in free agency, The 2 biggest names could be Johnson of the Rams, and Butler of the Pats. But Johnson of the Rams has a grade of 48.5 so far. Butler we could possibly go after but he would want big time money, And he is grading out at a 75. Not big time money worthy. But I would toss a offer for Butler that would be fair but not a big time money.
  6. Moving onto the draft. As of now the Titans are picking at number 25. So let’s go based on that pick there. Obviously the players like Mcfadden, Fitzpatrick, Harrison, James in the secondary will be gone. Players like Key, Laundry, Chubb will be gone as well for the pass rushers. So I would look into Vea and Payne possibly to play the NT. If they’re not there possibly look at Wilkins from Clemson, Or Ward at corner from OSU. Or even Hurst from Michigan to play NT as well. In the 2nd that’s when I could possibly look at Guard or a defensive back for sure. Maybe a Jaire Alexander from Louisville to play the slot corner or Jackson from Iowa, Jackson would be a big slot corner at 6’1 192. But has good ball skills. As for guards possibly Hernandez from UTEP or Billy Price from OSU.

 

That’s what I would do if I was the GM for the Titans in the up coming off-season.

Bengals vs Titans Preview

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Coming into week 10, The Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans (5-3). The Titans have won 3 of their last 4 games. And they are 3-1 at home this season. While the Bengals are 1-3 on the road. One key note here is that A.J Green will be playing in Sunday’s game, As he was not suspended for fighting with Ramsey this past week. So lets get into some of the key match-ups in Sundays game. 

 Tackle Andre Smith VS. Edge Rusher Morgan

Andre Smith is normally the left tackle, But with Jake Fisher out for the year. Smith will have to move to right tackle. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF) Smith as a 46.4 overall grade which ranks 53rd in the NFL. So far this season Smith as allowed 1 sack, 2 hits, and 8 hurries on 116 passing plays. He will mainly be facing Morgan on the left side of the defense. Morgan who pass-rushes from the left side of the defense 97.2 percent of the time. He has five sacks, one hit and 21 hurries on 222 pass-rushing snaps, but his three total run stops this season is the second lowest among outside linebackers with at least 100 run snaps. 

Green VS Jackson: 

Green who got into the fight last week vs Ramsey and the Jags. Is still ranked 3rd among wide receivers in yards per route ran this season with 3.4, On 40 catchable balls this season he has only dropped 1. The problem is this season he only has 2 catches on deep passes (15+ yards). This is partly due to the poor offensive line play. Adoree Jackson leads the Titans cornerbacks with only 9.7 yards per catch allowed, but he also has the most penalties (6) and second-most missed tackles (7) on his defense. That has given him a 71.5 overall grade this season, which ranks 71st at his position. So look for Andy Dalton to target Jackson often throughout the game. And look for the Bengals offense to line Green up vs Jackson. 

Marcus VS. Bengals Pass Rush:

Mariota in 2017 has faced pressure on about 21.4 percent of his drop backs. That’s the lowest rate among 32 quarterbacks with 187 or more drop backs. When Marcus is under pressure however he as been very good. So good in fact he ranks 3rd in the NFL in passer rating when under pressure with 93.9 passer rating. The Bengals have had a great pass rush this season, even tho they only blitz on 16.5 percent of pass plays. They still have managed to register 110 of their 140 of their total pressures by sending only 4 players to rush the passer. Mariota has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions when he hasn’t faced a blitz this season. 

Schwenke VS. Atkins: 

This could be the biggest match-up for the Titans this game. Atkins is a top 3 defensive tackle in the NFL. He’s great against the run as well as great vs the pass. And since Spain will miss another game with a turf toe injury Schwenke will need to have his best game against an elite defensive player. Last week Schwenke did very well vs the Ravens defense not allowing a single quarterback pressure. And ending the day with a 83.6 pass blocking grade. However he struggled greatly in the run game, He managed only a 44.5 run blocking grade. Atkins will be lined up against Schwenke for most of the game. And Atkins is ranked 10th in the NFL among interior lineman against the run. But ranks 2nd against the pass.

Titans looking at Veta Via? Draft Stock On The Rise

Nose tackles are not typically graded as a first round player, Mainly cause nose tackles aren’t viewed as players that contribute to the pass rush. But some team sources say that Vea could be a pick in the back half of Round 1 in the 2018 NFL Draft. Why? Vea’s play this season will help his chances of being a first-round pick. He has shown the ability to contribute some in the pass rush while being big, strong, and having a burst at the point of attack. Vea whose 6-5, 340 pounds is very reminiscent of Danny Shelton who also came from Washington, and Shelton ended up going as a top-20 pick in the draft several years back. That was a bit of a reach by Cleveland, but Vea could end up going in the 20s during the 2018 NFL Draft. Vea has 61 career pressures on 480 rushes, showing that he can collapse the pocket in must-pass situations. In 2017 Vea has 88.9 overall grade currently ranks fourth among interior defensive linemen in the nation.vea

 

 

Imagine Life Without Mariota

The Tennessee Titans has their franchise quarterback. So must of us think, What would happen if the Titans were to trade Marcus Mariota? Well franchise quarterbacks are not easy to come by. There are roughly around 7 quarterbacks in the NFL right now that other teams would take in a heart beat. Brady, Rodgers, Wentz, and Smith to name a few. A few up and comers that’s been in the league that has shown promise. Mariota, Goff, Winston, Prescott. 

One of the biggest keys to being a quarterback in the NFL other than your skill and football IQ. Is the scheme in which you are playing in. For example look at Brady, Rodgers, Wentz and Smith. Then even Goff now with McVay and Winston. ( Let’s even throw in the rookie Watson as well. ) They all have head coaches or offensive coordinators that have adjusted their offense around the quarterback. 

Now there are times that head coaches come in to a position that do not adjust their offensive schemes to the quarterback. Why? Possibly because they inherited the quarterback and did not draft one. Could their be a possibility that Mike Mularkey doesn’t want Marcus Mariota? And why wouldn’t you change your scheme to your quarterback? Is it cause he’s to set in his ways and want’s to run his offensive the way he always has? Or could he want another quarterback in the next year or two?

Let’s see what the Titans look like without Marcus. Before Marcus came into the league. Let’s look at 2 years before. In 2013 the Titans quarterback was a mix between Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick. They totaled 328-533 for a completion percentage of 61.5 for 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. They ended with a passing offense averaging 218.5 yards a game (21st) And 337 total offense (22nd) Pretty bad right? Before you say their defense was horrible, Total defense was ranked 14th in the NFL. Not great but not horrible either. Ended with a 7-9 record. 

In 2014. One year before Marcus the quarterback was a trio of Jake Locker, Zach Mettenberger, And Charlie Whitehurst. ( HORRIBLE. ) Between the 3 of them. They went 299-513 for a 58.3 completion percentage, 3,412 passing yards, A sad 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Now this season their defense was really bad. Ranked 27th in total defense. 

2015. Marcus rookie season played in only 12 games. He totaled 230-370 for a 62.2 completion percentage, 2,818 yards. ( that’s 4 games less with less than 700 yards difference ) 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Just 1 touchdown less a year before with 3 quarterbacks playing 16 games and 3 touchdowns less in 2013 with Locker and Fitzpatrick at quarterback. 

2016. Marcus gets help with Matthews coming in at wide receiver, And Murray coming in at running back. Marcus went for 276-451 for a 61.2 completion percentage. 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns with 9 interceptions. ( First year under Mularkey ) 

2017. Mariota has seemed to take a step back. He has gone for 110-176 for a completion of 62.5. Doesn’t seem to bad but he has missed on passes that in 2016 he would’ve made. He has thrown for 1,301 yards and has 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Now why has it seemed like he is taking a step back? 

Now it goes back to my first paragraph, The scheme. He may be throwing it an average of 29 times a game. But he isn’t throwing to many wide receivers. In college he did very well when he had 4 options to throw it too. Rather that be all 4 wide outs, 3 wide outs and 1 tight end or 3 wide outs and 1 running back. But in the scheme Mularkey runs he is throwing a lot to 2 or just 3 options. ( Some fans say a great quarterback will audible out, But what can you audible too that will work with just that many options? )  Now i’m no math genius but 3 wide options to throw it too vs 4 or more defenders doesn’t suit you very well. Especially when the play calling as been less than steller. We have shown a lot of times to run run then pass. And when we pass it’s been in obvious passing downs. Not only is that a big problem, But when our receivers are out running their routes, They are running simple routes and not very creative plays. This has lead to a lot of fans either blaming Marcus for the poor play and others blaming the staff saying they are to vanilla and that their playbook isn’t working in this time frame of the NFL. 

Now let’s go out on a limb and say the Titans do trade Marcus. What would they trade him for? A 1st or maybe 2 1st rounders? Lets just go with a 1st and a 2nd. Just so it doesn’t seem like we are blowing it out of the water. Who would the Titans be after since they would now be in the market for a quarterback. Lamar Jackson? You would be in the same situation as you are with Marcus, Sam Darnold? He has shown regression this season from a year ago. Josh Allen? He has been having struggles all year long. Josh Rosen? Rosen wouldn’t be a bad choice, Has thrown for over 2600 yards, Has 19 touchdowns to 8 interceptions threw 8 games. Maybe Jake Browning from Washington? I think he doesn’t get talked about but has been consistant in his play. Last year having over 62 percent completion, Over 3400 yards passing and 43 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. So far threw 7 games has 68.5 percent completions for 1600 yards and 14 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Doesn’t have that big wide out nor a great elite tight end either. What about waiting a year and maybe hope for Will Grier? Now Grier will HAVE to bulk up. But he is having a very good year throwing for 66 percent completion, 2400 yards and 26 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. 

Or you know, you could always fire the offensive staff and hire a staff that will adjust it’s scheme to a top 10 possibly top 5 caliber quarterback. I mean even in week 7 vs the Browns, Didn’t have his best game. But still graded to a 84.5 according to PFF. Week 6 graded out to be a 88.5 without the ability to run.

Titans Vs. Colts Preview:

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The Indianapolis Colts come into Nashville Monday night to play the Tennessee Titans. 

The Colts offense vs the Titans defense, T.Y. Hilton vs Logan Ryan: Hilton is the Colts leading wide receiver and after a big game last week vs the 49ers. Hilton went 7 for 9 for a total of 177 yards. (25.3 yards a catch) He has the 4th highest yards per route this season among wide receivers at 2.75, Without Andrew Luck Hilton has continued to have a great season with Jacoby Brissett throwing him the football. I have Logan Ryan matched up against Hilton Monday night, Depending on how Ryan matches up against Hilton will be a key role in Monday nights game. Against Jarvis Landry last week, Ryan did not allow a catch on three targets. Logan Ryan has allowed five catches on eight targets for 60 yards over his last two games. 

Colts backs vs Titans linebackers, In week 5 the Colts used a two-headed rushing attack  featuring veteran Frank Gore who forced three missed tackles on 17 touches, and Marlon Mack the rookie out of South Florida adding a 16-yard run. Mack had the best game of his young career against San Francisco, leading all Week 5 running backs with an amazing 80.2 breakaway percentage and three 15 plus yard runs. The fourth round pick also forced five missed tackles on the day, giving him the second highest elusive rating (222.2) at his position for week 5. Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson could be up to the task this week. Both defenders rank inside the top ten linebackers in terms of run stops. Woodyard leads the team with 14 while Williamson has nine. Woodyard ranks 5th at his position in 2017 in run stopping percentage with 11.2 

Demarco Murray vs Colts Edge Defenders, Murray has struggled to say the least this season. Ranking 41st at his position with less than a 60 percent overall grade. In 2016 Murray generated 24 missed tackles through the first 5 weeks of the season. In 2017 he only has 8. Murray has been his best when running to the left side behind (LG) Spain and (LT) Lewan. (Who was a full go at practice recently) Since 2016 he is averaging 5.17 yards per carry to the left side. Simon and Sheard should expect a heavy work load since Murray’s 29 of 56 carries as been to the left side. Sheard is the 2nd best edge defender against the run with a 91.1 run stopping percentage and Simon at 81.2 ranking at 22nd. Murray’s grade week 1 was a 46.5, Week 2 was 40.5, Week 3 was a 82.1, Week 4 was 74.2 and week 5 was a 46.0 

Matthews vs Colts secondary, Matthews much like 2016 has been the Titans top pass catcher. Matthews is ranking 22nd just under a 80 percent overall. He will most likely often be challenged by Colts cornerback Rashaan Melvin this week. Despite being thrown at 37 times this season which ranks him 3rd most of the season, Melvin is allowing 1.06 receiving yards per coverage snap which puts him at 41st out of 78 qualified cornerbacks. His overall grade of 86.3 ranks 10th in the NFL among all corners. 

Walker vs Colts safeties, Walker is playing at a very high level, Catches and yards are some of his highest totals through week 5 in his career. He has yet to get a touchdown so far in 2017. He is 2nd overall according to ProFootballFocus with a 87.6 only behind Rob Gronkowki’s rating of 88.0. Walker could be matched up against the Colts safety Matthias Farely, Who has given up a rate of 1.30 yards per catch this season. Ranking him among the most at his position. 

Titans OLB Orakpo vs Colts Tackle Castonzo, Castonzo who has been very good run blocking in the past has continued his success there boasting the best run blocking grade among tackles in the NFL at 88.0 overall. But this season he is among the middle of pack of tackles when it comes to pass blocking ranking 15th with an 78.7 grade. Orakpo has started the season off really well. Totaling 22 pressures from 128 pass rush snaps, which puts him at a pass rush rating of 13.1 productivity. Which ranks him 9th among edge defenders. 

 

 

What Are The Titans Problems?

The Titans are coming into week 5 vs the Dolphins with a record of 2-2, 3rd in the AFC South but very much in the race to win the division a quarter of the way through the season. The Titans are going into the easy stretch of their schedule. Week 5 at Miami, Week 6 at home on Monday night vs the Colts, Week 7 at the Browns, Week 8 at home vs the Ravens. They have a combined record of 4 wins and 11 loses. The Titans could go 3-1 at best obviously 4-0. The Colts will more than likely have their starting quarterback Luck back for the Monday night game. But he won’t be in mid season form, So the Titans could still very much take the win. 

The two biggest questions about this team are 1. The secondary/ Defense, And 2, The offensive play calling. The defense is ranked 29th in total defense. Mainly cause the Texans had their way with them. The biggest question is was that 1 game exactly that. Just one game, If so we don’t have to much to worry about considering Byard, Jackson will get better as the season goes on. If it’s not just the one game. Then the Titans are in big trouble. I still see this team struggling against teams like Steelers, Colts later on in the season if Luck doesn’t get hurt again, Texans again, The Cards with Larry and Brown, And the Rams with this new offense under McVay with Gurley, Watkins, Kupp and under McVay they are finally using Austin right. A lot of people I have seen have been talking down on Adoree, Saying he is getting killed and beat. We didn’t draft Adoree to be the starter right off the bat like he did. He was mainly going to be the nickel corner with kick and punt duties. But he out performed Sims, Which kinda tells you Sims wasn’t ready to be that guy on the outside.

As far as the offense goes, I believe the play calling will be what holds this team back. Especially once Davis comes back in week 6 or 7 is when I think he’ll come back. And at 100 percent he would give Marcus and this offense a weapon we haven’t had really ever in Nashville. But if the continues to call plays the way we are now, The drafting of Davis and Taylor wasn’t the greatest of picks then. Taylor isn’t really on the field as much as he should be. And when he is he is getting carries and/or quick screen passes. Only sometimes he will get out on an actual route, We saw what he could do on a (go) route against Bouye. Now why aren’t we using him more like that? Cause we are to busy trying to run the ball with 2 tight ends or 2 tight ends and a full back. Take the Texans game for an example, We are down 21-0 and we run the ball on 1st and 2nd down. For a total of 4 yards. Leaving us with a 3rd and 6 and what do Terry and Mike want to do and call? They call a run with Taylor up the the middle. A small wide out coming in motion and getting the ball. And it doesn’t work. We are too busy trying to run the ball that we can’t get Marcus into a rhythm with his wide outs. I think that’s partially why he hasn’t been able to do well till the 2nd half. I’m truly starting to believe that we won’t win the big games or a playoff game with this type of offense. And Marcus won’t be as good as he truly can be until we change things up, We can still run the ball but we have to be able to throw the ball with more than 2 or 3 options for him to throw it too, We must adjust our offense, Look at KC, Pats, Raiders, Bucs, Rams. They all adjust their offense to their QB. KC, Pats, Raiders, Bucs and Rams pass with at least 3 options with the running back having an option to come out in the flat almost every time they pass the ball. They have adjusted to the QB. Of course they have good play calling in good situations for the most part. But also look at their play book to the Titans. It’s much bigger with more formations and more plays, Just look at Marcus in college and when he has plenty of options to throw the ball to, He’s much better in and out the pocket. But our coach goes the other way and makes us run the ball.

Until we fix these problems we won’t be a legitimate threat to go deep in the AFC playoffs. Say what you will but the proof in the past is evidence that Mike Mularkeys way doesn’t work.

Tennessee Titans Key Stat’s through week 3. ( OFFENSE )

Marcus Mariota has 696 yards passing with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. 60 of 100 for 60 percent completion and a QBR of 86.9. Little side note. Through week 3 Marcus has 33 attempts a game. 3 more than his previous 2 seasons. And is averaging 4 more yards a game than in 2016. At home Marcus has combined for a total of 45-73 for 481 yards and 61.6 completion percentage. Plus 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. Away from home Marcus is 15-27 for 215 yards and 55.6 percent completion. 1 touchdown and 1 interception. 

Murray: Murray who was 3rd in rushing last season with 1283 yards rushing has gotten off to a slow start in the first 2 games. But in week 3 he found his groove and shined. Tallying 14 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown. And looked great on his 75 yard run for a touchdown. That puts him at 35 carries for 184 yards and a touchdown through 3 games. Murray has done his best work in the 2nd half of the game gaining 13 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown through 3 games.

Derrick Henry: 33 carries for 171 yards ( 5.2 YPC ) for 1 touchdowns. Which is an improvement on his rookie campaign through the first 3 games. In 2016 Henry was averaging 7 carries a game at 4.5 YPC and 32.7 yards a game. So far in 2017 Henry is averaging 11 carries a game at 5.2 YPC and 57 yards a game. Henry has became a bigger part of this offense like I believed he would be. Henry is at his best inside the redzone tallying 6 carries for 37 yards and 1 touchdown.

Matthews: In 3 games Matthews as 14 catches for 201 yards and 1 touchdown. We all know he wasn’t a big part of the offense this time last season. But he has grown to become Mariotas favorite wide receiver target and someone he trust on 3rd downs.

Walker: Walker is Walker. I have a hard time not putting him as my top overall tight end in the NFL. He just does everything and does it very very well. So far here in 2017 Walker has totaled 15 catches for 168 yards with 0 touchdowns.

OFFENSIVE LINE: The Titans with Mike Mularkey have made it a point to have a strong physical offensive line and Mike and GM Jon Robinson have done just that. Last season Pro Football Focus (PFF) rated the Titans offensive line as the best in the NFL. And they have stayed completely together in 2017. In the first 3 games of the season. The offensive line have allowed just 2 sacks (tied for 1st) and 5 QB hits (2nd best) in the NFL. Tennessee is 2nd in the NFL in rushing with 469 yards. Only behind the Kansas City Chiefs who have 486 yards. Titans are also tied with 3 other teams with 5 rushing touchdowns. And rank 14th in passing yards.

 

The Tennessee Titans top 5 grades” (According to PFF)

LT Taylor Lewan, 91.1 overall grade

LB Wesley Woodyard, 86.8 overall grade

G Josh Kline, 85.6 overall grade

Edge Brain Orakpo, 84.8 overall grade

S Kevin Byard, 93.0 overall grade

Performances note:

Lewan: Lewan was in the middle of a pile when Seahawks corner Richard Sherman came in late on Marcus Mariota. But he didn’t get to physical. Instead he used his anger and frustration on used it to dominate the player across from him.

According to PFF QB Marcus Mariota tallied a 56.0 overall grade. Largely in part to Marcus missing out on to many routine passes in the game while struggling to take advantage of great pass protection from his offensive line. But made key plays throughout the game.

Keys To The Game: Seahawks vs. Titans

Keys to watch for in this week 3 match-up between the Titans and Seahawks.

  1. Titans defensive front seven vs. Seattle Seahawks offensive line. The Titans front seven on the defense consist of Casey, Jones, Johnson, Morgan, Williamson, Woodyard and Orakpo will be looking to have a breakout game against the Seahawks poor offensive line. Look for Dick Labeau to use stunts and delayed blitzes to confuse the offensive line of the Seahawks. Morgan leads the team with 2 sacks followed by Orakpo and Woodyard with 1 a piece. The Titans defense has allowed 208 rushing yards (15th) and 461 (11th) most in the NFL. The Seahawks offensive line is well known for their poor pass protection of Russel Wilson. Seattle is averaging 158 yards passing per game. (29th) and 110 rushing yards per game (13th) The offensive line has allowed 6 sacks for 40 yards through 2 games.
  2. Titans wide outs and tight ends vs the Seahawks legion of boom. How will Matthews, Walker, Decker, Taylor and maybe Davis if he is good to go fair against Sherman who has been one of the best corners in the NFL since 2012. Kam Chancellor is a feared safety in the middle of the field with his hard hitting ability. Matthews and Walker will have to step up against Sherman, Chancellor and Thomas as the Seahawks has arguably a top 3 secondary thanks to the Legion Of Boom (LOB)
  3. Will the Titans be able to run? The Seahawks are well known for the impressive defense since Pete Carol has arrived. In 2016 the Seahawks finished 6th in the NFL against the run allowing 93 yards per game. But in week 2 last week Carlos Hyde of the 49ers ran for 124 yards on only 15 carries. In week 1 the Titans couldn’t get the run game going. Running only for 95 yards on 21 attempts. With Marcus running for 26 of those 95 yards. The Titans cannot go away from running the football, In week 2 playing Jacksonville the Titans ran 12 times in the 1st half. But ran for 24 in the 2nd half. Large portion was due to them leading in the game.
  4. Turnovers, Can the Titans continue forcing turnovers in week 3 like they did in week 2. The Titans are plus 2 in turnovers thanks to causing 3 turnovers last week in their victory against Jacksonville. Head coach Mike Mularkey said. It’s the difference. You can put a chart that goes back 20 years and it will show you the difference in the outcomes of games based on turnovers.
  5. Titans pressure on Wilson, Russel Wilson has been hit 16 times in just 2 games. And has been sacked 6 more times. That means he’s been hit 22 times on 66 drop backs. Outside Linebacker Derrick Morgan has a sack in each of the first 2 games of the season. Wilson is one of the most elusive quarterbacks in the NFL. He has ran for 74 yards on 14 attempts. The Titans defensive front must maintain good gap control and not over pursue Wilson. That would allow Wilson to climb the pocket and possibly find a running lane to take off. Mularkey went on to say that Wilson has a history of that and we know that.

The future is bright in Tennessee

  1. The Tenneesse Titans have faced there frist AFC South rival and have come out on top.1st half was a Offence struggle as they went in to half time 6-3 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.With both Defense holding there own.When running back Demarco Murray comes out the game with a strained hamstring enters Derrick Henrey and major contributors like Taywan Taylor on offence and Jaylon Brown, Derek Morgan and Byrad this is a preview to all Titans fans of what this team is becoming right before their eyes… by Adam Pitts