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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. 

 

 

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Malik Jefferson: LB Texas

When you look at Jefferson you see all of this hype around him as carry over from when he came in highly recruited. But the question is where do you see him dominate games on tape? It’s not on the tape yet. One NFC scouting director says. The scouting director does have a good point. If you look at all of the data to check on Jefferson’s production and the most glaring issue is his lack of tackles. Jefferson has good size and great athleticism with a good motor, but managed just 121 tackles over his first two seasons. He has as three games in his career with double-digit tackles, ( two of them so far in his Junior year) and his “impact” production (game-changing plays like tackles for loss, fumbles forced and recovered, INTs) is very modest.

On tape, Jefferson is lacking in instincts and anticipation, which could tell you why he has lower tackle numbers. The flip side of things Jefferson has 9 career sacks all of which coming in his first two seasons and if new defensive. We could see him become a dangerous blitzer if put in the right situation. Regardless, Jefferson does need for his production and impact to more closely match his talent and athleticism.

In the game against Maryland Jefferson made some nice plays and good tackles. He finished plays, showed a good motor, And showed good sideline to sideline speed. He finished the game with 9 total tackles. ( 5 Solo and 4 assisted tackles.) He did have some bad plays where he took the wrong angle and it allowed the runner to get 4 to 8 yards on the ground. Most of his bad angles were against option read plays.

I do think he needs a little more work reading the offense. But I like his tackling ability and that he doesn’t miss a lot of tackle. Shows good speed and ability to split 2 blockers.

Bradley Chubb ( NC State EDGE ) Scouting Report

Chubb was the defensive leader for the 24th-ranked Wolfpack, who harassed reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson the entire night with the win over Louisville at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Chubb entered with 5 1/2 sacks on the season and the All-American added another as he blew past Louisville left tackle Geron Christian, a 6-6, 315-pound junior also considered an NFL prospect. That Thursday game drew plenty of NFL talent evaluators. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, Washington vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney and Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas.

Chubb’s quickness also gives him the option of shooting the inside gap. He combines it with good snap awareness to give himself a step on the competition.His commitment to gaining inside hands helps him employ an effective power rush. He is able to fire off the ball, maintain leverage and push the blocker into the face of the quarterback. Chubb is a heady player who knows when to use what pass rush move.This is a two-way defender who plays the run with integrity. He uses his inside hands to keep clean and hold at the point of attack. Chubb does a good job stacking and shedding when the ball carrier is in his area.

He plays with a high motor and will chance the play several yards down field. This effort plays a role in his success as both a pass rusher and run defender.NC State has asked Chubb to drop into coverage from time to time. He didn’t look overwhelmed in this task, but it keeps from rushing the passer which is his best attribute. However, it’s nice for defensive coordinators to have options.Chubb is a top-flight prospect who should hear his named called early in the 2018 NFL Draft. His combination of natural talent and production is what evaluators look for in a defensive end prospect. He’s in the running to be the first pass rusher selected in the upcoming draft.

Chubb vs South Carolina 2017:

I noticed he moved from Left DE to Right DE. And the majority of the time when South Carolina ran the ball. It was away from Chubb. He was all over the field, He chased down a wide receiver forcing him to go out of bounds only getting to the line of scrimmage, He totaled 5 tackles, 2 for loss and 1 pass deflection. He should great hustle playing on the right side of the offensive line and having to run to the other side of the field to help make a tackle for no gain (If he doesn’t hustle that play could go for 10-15) The only negative play is when he missed a tackle behind the line and allowed the runner to get in the end-zone. Overall i’d give him a B+

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.

Harold Landry, OLB Boston College.

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Harold Landry, OLB from Boston College stands 6’3 and 250 pounds. In 2016 he tallied 51 tackles, (34 of them being solo) 22 for loss, and 16.5 sacks, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups and 7 force fumbles. I’d call that a good season. 

 Landry is a natural pass rusher, He has an explosive first step and can truly natually bend at the top of his pass rush. (Von Miller and Mack do this very well) He’s very loose and fluid in his motion and hips, which allows him to get to the quarterback quickly once he turns the corner. He also has an explosive up-and-under move to create pressure. His ability to finish is something great. He can adjust his path as the result of quarterback movement in the pocket, and he’s always attempting to swipe the ball away on contact to force a turnover. Landry also has a very good motor and doesn’t stop on a play just cause it’s going opposite of him. 

Landry is a dynamic backside run defender. He closed the back door several times against Dalvin Cook in the FSU game. He gives great effort to chase plays from behind. He flashes the ability to hold the point of attack on the front side. His instincts are amazing (The interception vs. Maryland in the bowl game). He plays defensive end in Boston Colleges scheme but I can easily see him being a OLB as well in 3-4 defenses. 

Landry Vs. Clemson 2016: 

Very first offensive play for Watson and the Tigers is a pass, Landry comes off the edge vs the (RT) Landry gives the (RT) A simple little hand swipe move and forces Watson to throw it underneath as he gets the pressure and hit. In the redzone later in the drive. Landry holds down inside containment vs Watson has he keeps the option to run. Landry get’s help from a corner who forces Watson inside to him and helps makes the tackle. Early in the 2nd quarter Landry again vs the (RT) Bends very low at the hips, got around the corner to sack and strip fumble Watson. A negative I saw was on an option play Watson gave it to Cain to run and Landry closed to far inside giving a big hole off to the right side of the line. Now Landry didn’t give up on the play as he turned around and helped run him down to get in on the tackle. Later in the 4th Landry was able to beat the (RT) on a power move to start but then changed to a swim under to get in and knock Watson’s arm to cause the pass to go incomplete. Later in that same drive Landry did a great inside move to for a tackle for loss on the play. ( Made it look easy ) 

Some negatives I did see was on what I would call half the plays vs the (LT) Landry did have trouble getting away and shedding the block, Rather it be against pass protection or run. But he showed very good skill and pursuit on several plays. 1 play he ran down Watson to the sideline and stopped him for only a gain of about 1. I really liked how he got his hands up in the air if he wasn’t able to get to the quarterback. Stats for the game, 5 Solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle for 6 total tackles. 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass deflection and 1 force fumble. Overall Grade: B+

What’s wrong with the SEC

Ever since the SEC started flexing their muscles with seven straight national championships and dominating every team from the other power 5 conferences they’ve gotten cocky, declaring themselves the hands-down best conference in college football. And at one point they were, but right now the SEC may not even be a top 2 power 5 conference. 

After week 4 of the season. The only team that has yet tasted a lost. Has been Alabama and Georgia. Both standing tall at 4-0. 

The SEC still gets top prospects, top athletes, has some of the best stadiums in the nation.  In the AP Power Poll the top 25 holds a total of 6 SEC teams. 1 Alabama, 7 Georgia, Auburn 13, Florida 21, Mississippi State 24, LSU 25. But How many teams truly belong there. Mississippi State gets blown out by Georgia 31-3. Florida had a last second comeback win against Kentucky to win 28-27. LSU did have a hard time vs Syracuse but pulled away to win it 35-26. Alabama clearly won vs Vanderbilt who was 3-0. 59-0. 

I have a strong opinion that if you want your team to be a top ranked team. Rather you’re in college or the NFL. Then you must pay for that coach. For example, Alabama has been a top ranked school for almost a decade. Why? Because they have arguably the greatest college head coach in NCAA history in Nick Saban. And he makes 11 million a year. The 2nd and 3rd highest paid coaches are Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer. Both in the big 10. OSU has been in first 2 college football playoffs alongside Alabama. Jim Harbaugh has brought the fire back in Michigan And made them a top school once again. Michigan being 4-0 and OSU being 3-1. With OSU only lost coming from 4-0 and number 3 Oklahoma. The remaining top 10 have 1 ACC school being Florida State coached by Jimbo Fisher. Who will be in the Hall Of Fame. One Big 12 school being Texas which is having trouble at their head coaching job. Then the last 5 are SEC and Big Ten schools. But the SEC schools being Mississippi, Texas A&M and Auburn and Big Ten schools being Penn State and Iowa. Penn State is a top 10 school in the nation and Iowa always challenges top schools like Penn State and OSU. And at the moment Penn State and Iowa would beat Mississippi and Texas A&M. Auburn would be able to make it a game but would still lose to Penn State and possibly Iowa. 

Teams like OSU, Michigan, Penn State are so well coached on all 3 sides of the ball and are all 3 very good at recruiting. The only school that can match them in the SEC is Alabama with Nick Saban. The 2017 recruiting class Bama was 1, OSU was 2nd, Michigan and Penn State came in 5 and 15. In 2016 class Bama was 1 again, OSU was 3rd, with Michigan and Penn State coming in at 8 and 20. 

 

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.

Big 12 – Week 4

 

Week 4 of the College Football season sees Big 12 conference play begin this morning. West Virginia and Kansas kick things off at 11am on ESPNU while Texas Tech face off with a strong out of conference Houston team on ABC/ESPN2 at 11am as well. One of the best matchups this week sees the 16th ranked TCU face off against 6th ranked Oklahoma State on ESPN. Rounding out today’s matchup sees No.3 Oklahoma face a struggling Baylor at 5:30pm on FS1. Kansas State, Iowa State and Texas all have a bye week.

 

West Virginia at Kansas

Kicking off Big 12 play sees West Virginia travel to Kansas. The Mountaineers will be looking to show why they were ranked 22nd to start the season when they face against a Jayhawk side that has been poor so far and who are 0-2 against MAC this season.

 

Texas Tech at Houston

Texas Tech remains in state to travel to Houston in what should be a high scoring game. Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek will be key to the Red Raiders’ offense who has been one of the better quarterbacks in the Big 12 this season.

 

No. 16 TCU at No.6 Oklahoma State

In one of the marquee matchups this weekend TCU travels to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State. Both teams are undefeated thus far and ranked nationally. Oklahoma State has one of the best offenses in the country and are led by Heisman candidate, Mason Rudolph. Meanwhile TCU has faced tougher competition beating out Arkansas two weeks ago. A win for either team will put them in national title discussion.

 

No. 3 Oklahoma at Baylor

Rounding out Big 12 play today sees 3rd ranked Oklahoma travel to Baylor who is 0-3 this season. In what should be a one sided affair Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will look to continue his fine form this season as he cements his place as a favorite for the Heisman. While Baylor gets back Terence Williams, who rushed for 1000 yards last season, he will be unlikely to make much of a difference.

I Believe in Nashville

  • Nashville,TN in this upcoming weekend’s matchup the Tennessee Titans take on Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have a bruised and not too good offense of line. There will be struggles on protecting Russell Wilson this Sunday in Nashville. With it only being the fourth  match up between the Titans and Seahawks it will be a defensive battle . Richard Sherman and the legion of boom will give Marcus Mariota and the high-powered offense their first real challenge. With Corey Davis already ruled out of the game will it be Taywan Taylor or Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker or Derrick Henry that gets the offense moving. Will the Titans be able to score points on Richard Sherman & Company. If the Titans can beat the Seahawks this sunday afternoon, in Nashville, this could be a real statement game. That the Titans are here to play with the big boys of the NFL! A young and talented team has a real chance to step out of the shadow’s.    By Adam PittsScreenshot_2017-09-20-21-13-44-1.png