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38 minutes ago, Robar said:

I think he's saying he expects him to play a rather high amount today to be deployed to cover cook but to not come out of this game expecting that to be the norm, he's expecting an elevated number today

That's what I'm asking - this is a very narrow role for a guy to have, just "covering TE's". 

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1 hour ago, Hankmoody said:

Do you think his usage will be this limited?

Sorry late reply, yeah some. He is a backup in base then their nickel LB

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Kept pulling Williams (bec he stunk) and putting Casey at NT. I can't stand that. Jones played some nose.

Johnson and Casey flip-flopped sides today. I doubt Casey is now a RDE, just one game prob

Ryan primarily in slot and Mularkey said that's where they feel he is best

McCain and Tye Smith outside. Smith was pretty good and he was atrocious during the summer. He was one of the "why are you keeping him" guys. Interesting

Brown played a ton

Walden did nothing, often.

Wallace barely played that I saw. I'm sure I missed some. Annoyed at this, Mularkey has been all full of praise, gave him veteran's days off and starters treatment...he is usually honest and open. This summer he's started to be a little deceptive. Coach speak rarely applied to him in the past

Austin johnson played a bunch and if Morgan was back, there were too many blockers for him to handle. 3 on 1 or 4 on 1. Something off there.

Cyprien was bad deep, as expected. I don't get why they do that stuff. They picked on him in Jax and then expected him to do well?

Brown covered Cook very very well. Can't do better type vibe. Most of his catches he was smothered for.

Adoree had a learning experience. He wasn't that good in coverage. Amari dropped like 4-5 passes and was "wow did that really happen" type plays. Adoree putting his hand on WRs back and reaching around to poke the ball out. Schoolyard stuff. Either PI or they're gonna muscle right past him.

Byard often at the LOS

Avery missed several tackles and is sure to hear it

Lost big at LOS today. Sorely missed Woods

I thought Klug was hurt late as he stepped funky after stepping on someone's foot. Mularkey said only Cyp was injured. Still, he kind of did this ouch dance like people do after

 

 

 

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PK said Cyprien is fine. Paid content but he also said he is posting it so I figure that's OK to share

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I like Adoree as a CB in fantasy. Returns kicks, rookie corner rule, and has clear big play potential.

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The snap counts are funky

This is what I wrote in the pool-

66 snaps total for D

Williams 14, Klug 15, Johnson 17, Jones 34, Casey 50. That's only 130

3-4, three linemen spots times 66 is 198.

If I can watch again, I'm gonna guess Morgan on the LOS. I did not notice a ton of 1 and 2 DL sets like in preseason. That's odd. Pretty huge difference there

Brown is only at 56% and I swear he played the whole game. Could it be 70 or 80 percent and given me that feeling? sure, but not 56.

Wallace 5 snaps. The guy Mularkey wouldn't shush about...I rambled earlier, this really bugs me

Tye Smith made two good plays and on the Raiders wonderful WRs too. Snap counts only has him in for two. 

 

It's too much work for me to go through and check this. It seems off to me. I can't say that I've ever felt that way before. Maybe years ago? I don't know, just seems off and I usually go with it as "gospel"

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Cyprien out few weeks

Tye Smith broken hand, no designation

Sims will return

Searcy replace Cyprien

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Mularkey said Jones played well at nose and will play more there. Replied No when asked if he'd slide outside, and then complimented him at point of attack and pass rushing from the nose.

It appears he is the new starting (primary) NT

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I was thrilled to see Byard's production this week. He was on my bench in week 1...but he won't be in week 2. 

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On 9/8/2017 at 1:15 PM, Flying Elvis said:

MFL (via Roto) currently has Austin Johnson listed as a DT. That could be a crazy good value-add off the wire for anyone that has DT required, since he's noted here as playing DE. 

17 snaps for Austin Johnson.... that's not good. Seems like a nice, sneaky waiver add that isn't worth holding after week 1.

 

Did you see anything that makes it look like he would be a worthwhile hold for DT, Bri?

 

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On 9/12/2017 at 2:50 PM, Flyman75 said:

I was thrilled to see Byard's production this week. He was on my bench in week 1...but he won't be in week 2. 

Ahhhh....the classic blind follower of the previous weeks' stats.  Make sure to come back after week 2 and let us know if you still feel this way.

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5 hours ago, Wooters said:

Ahhhh....the classic blind follower of the previous weeks' stats.  Make sure to come back after week 2 and let us know if you still feel this way.

Actually, Byard looked very good last year too, and week one was a confirmation/continuation of that.

The concern wity Byard is simply about where henfits in the scheme...because he is good enough to be the Titans' best option in multiple places.  If they decide the second-best "in the box guy" they have is better than the second-best "centerfielder" then Byard will end up playing further off the line.  I'm hoping they stay with the Tampa-2 type look they were using in preseason, which moves Byard around enough to get him in coverage and up at the line...

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I'm hoping the Titans use more of the young cover/safety hybrid in Kalan Reed.  That would allow Byard to play closer and free-er.

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17 hours ago, Wooters said:

Ahhhh....the classic blind follower of the previous weeks' stats.  Make sure to come back after week 2 and let us know if you still feel this way.

Ahhhh...the classic gotta-be-an-jackhole-instead-of-engaging-in-a-discussion guy. Since he Titans were not on in my area, feel free to enlighten me as to why he's not a good player instead of being the forum jackwagon. 

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Adoree' Jackson now the starting CB

and returning

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8 minutes ago, NREC34 said:

Adoree' Jackson now the starting CB

and returning

LeShaun Sims demoted?  Seems him and Brice McCain are both losing favor.

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12 hours ago, BigSteelThrill said:

LeShaun Sims demoted?  Seems him and Brice McCain are both losing favor.

This is our dance. NFL teams often start 3 CBs because the offense starts 3 WRs, but we are like "which two will it be?"

McCain is benched, not Sims. He had 10 starts last year as their slot corner.
Ryan is the slot corner as per Mularkey and snap counts

The Jags lost their best player? playmaker? and their backup WRs aren't all that special.  The Jags could use a lot of 2 WR set Sunday...it's possible. They have always been a 3 WR team like most everyone in the NFL.

I think this is about Adoree's confidence and massaging a rookie. The last two weeks of camp were how Sims held him so far off it was impressive. Coaches and everyone spoke on how well Sims did. He tweaked a hammy and sat week one. He's been excellent.

If the Jags run a two WR set, I do think this pans out as predicted originally. Ryan is their best corner, one of few guys you swear you can see thinking on the field. Sims is a good blanketing type. Adoree needs the reps.

Aside from inury stuff- The Jags have rocked against the Titans. Bortles always throws for 300+ yards and Arob had 25% of his yards last year against the Titans. The Titans have serious issues with runs up the middle (Antwaun on PS and 8 missed tackles by ILB) and free safety issues. A typical NFL responses is to pound Fournette at the DL and chuck it deep. Cyprien and Searcy struggled as the outfielder as they picked the wrong WR to go to against 3 WR sets. They reacted before it was thrown and were stuck out of position...often. (Denzel Johnson on the PS played it very well) If the Jags go 3 WR then that'll force the Titans to play Byard deep and the Jags want him away from the LOS. 

You're gonna have to guess here how the Jags respond without ARob.

My thinking is the Titans come out throwing and try to get a quick lead. Then run all day. If the Jags fall behind it'll have to be a 3 WR set to come back.

It's a tough call.

The Titans are very high on Sims. A simple google will show ya tons of quotes and articles. It's not that Sims is a prob

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On 9/13/2017 at 8:34 AM, Flying Elvis said:

17 snaps for Austin Johnson.... that's not good. Seems like a nice, sneaky waiver add that isn't worth holding after week 1.

 

Did you see anything that makes it look like he would be a worthwhile hold for DT, Bri?

 

I was not kidding or wrong about Antwaun Woods (and DeAngelo Brown) being far better than Sylvester Williams and Williams playing poorly. He got pulled often and messed up almost every play. They used Jones at NT, Casey, and Klug. Then 60 some odd snaps for LBs on the DL with hand in the dirt as a DL...one of the three, not extra like OLB.

Their prob in 2016 with Al Woods was the NT gets pushed around so they move Casey to NT. This wrecks him. He can hold the fort some, but he's a stud outside. The entire offseason was how awesome Woods has been (he even started) and how they finally have this situation solved. A $7 mil contract for Williams and maybe egg on JRob's face? Something somehow they went with the guy that stunk all summer. 

Mularkey looked grumpy about it. He said Williams is gonna play more and has to produce. (I took that as "or else") He said Daquan is our nose and after saying he wouldn't slide outside, he back-tracked some on that statement. I know for a fact that Antwaun is in the DL meetings and working with the ones still. Ya don't do that from the PS. I don't know what they're doing but the second a team claims him they are totally stuck for trying to be cute. They better be careful. In a fb group, people are claiming DeAngelo is still in nashville. Why would a 3rd string NT stay after being cut? It's very much "what is going on here?"

I didn't like their D last week at all. Lebeau had his OLBs 4 and 5 DL look so far less often than normal. Austin had 3 guys on him almost every snap. Lebeau always has Orakpo or Morgan there. It was different, a bad different.  Third and long, yeah maybe they go with a sincere 3 DL, but otherwise they almost never do. There's always more guys on the LOS.

In summary, they created this whole mess playing Williams and keeping just one NT. It's biting them and causing a big problem. 

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On 9/12/2017 at 2:50 PM, Flyman75 said:

I was thrilled to see Byard's production this week. He was on my bench in week 1...but he won't be in week 2. 

He probably has to play outfielder this week with Cyprien out

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5 minutes ago, Bri said:

I was not kidding or wrong about Antwaun Woods (and DeAngelo Brown) being far better than Sylvester Williams and Williams playing poorly. He got pulled often and messed up almost every play. They used Jones at NT, Casey, and Klug. Then 60 some odd snaps for LBs on the DL with hand in the dirt as a DL...one of the three, not extra like OLB.

Their prob in 2016 with Al Woods was the NT gets pushed around so they move Casey to NT. This wrecks him. He can hold the fort some, but he's a stud outside. The entire offseason was how awesome Woods has been (he even started) and how they finally have this situation solved. A $7 mil contract for Williams and maybe egg on JRob's face? Something somehow they went with the guy that stunk all summer. 

Mularkey looked grumpy about it. He said Williams is gonna play more and has to produce. (I took that as "or else") He said Daquan is our nose and after saying he wouldn't slide outside, he back-tracked some on that statement. I know for a fact that Antwaun is in the DL meetings and working with the ones still. Ya don't do that from the PS. I don't know what they're doing but the second a team claims him they are totally stuck for trying to be cute. They better be careful. In a fb group, people are claiming DeAngelo is still in nashville. Why would a 3rd string NT stay after being cut? It's very much "what is going on here?"

I didn't like their D last week at all. Lebeau had his OLBs 4 and 5 DL look so far less often than normal. Austin had 3 guys on him almost every snap. Lebeau always has Orakpo or Morgan there. It was different, a bad different.  Third and long, yeah maybe they go with a sincere 3 DL, but otherwise they almost never do. There's always more guys on the LOS.

In summary, they created this whole mess playing Williams and keeping just one NT. It's biting them and causing a big problem. 

He was asking if Austin Johnson would be worth holding onto since he is designated at DT.  Generally DT's score less, so if we get actual DE performance from a DT starting spot it could be a huge advantage.

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4 minutes ago, Bri said:

He probably has to play outfielder this week with Cyprien out

You think?  I was going to use Searcy in a few leagues that I play matchups or have injuries, but was afraid Byard would get the LOS and Searcy would play Centerfield...

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54 minutes ago, Hankmoody said:

He was asking if Austin Johnson would be worth holding onto since he is designated at DT.  Generally DT's score less, so if we get actual DE performance from a DT starting spot it could be a huge advantage.

Correct. Austin as a DT in MFL means we could "steal" some DE points at DT, which is huge. Though I think the answer may be there, it's just not 100% clear.

I think the part below is discussing the role/formation as less 4 DL lineups, and Austin Johnson in there without the support of Morgan. Some clarification, Bri? Thanks!

1 hour ago, Bri said:

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I didn't like their D last week at all. Lebeau had his OLBs 4 and 5 DL look so far less often than normal. Austin had 3 guys on him almost every snap. Lebeau always has Orakpo or Morgan there. It was different, a bad different.  Third and long, yeah maybe they go with a sincere 3 DL, but otherwise they almost never do. There's always more guys on the LOS.

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2 hours ago, Hankmoody said:

He was asking if Austin Johnson would be worth holding onto since he is designated at DT.  Generally DT's score less, so if we get actual DE performance from a DT starting spot it could be a huge advantage.

They made it a mess. Austin still could be something special as the DE opposite Casey.

Without Woods, it won't be easier this week against Fournette. Two games in it's as if they've faced Bam Morris and Brandon Jacobs. I'd like to see them face an ordinary back that isn't bringing a sledgehammer up the middle. Johnson should do fine then.

Maybe drop him and pick him back up?

Like the old Steelers with the Bus, we can discuss a whole lot of other things but here is this bruiser big RB and a weak NT. I don't think Austin will have stats worth a darn til they face a typical RB and play some normal D

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2 hours ago, Robar said:

You think?  I was going to use Searcy in a few leagues that I play matchups or have injuries, but was afraid Byard would get the LOS and Searcy would play Centerfield...

Cyprien was famous for not being good against the pass, but being an excellent thumper against the run. The Titans signed him and he was to help with their weak middle. Titans fans barked because they remember picking on him in games against the Jags. He played deep, outfielder. The presence of two excellent WRs in Cooper and Crabtree yet Lebeau still put him deep.

If Cyprien was rated like 3 of 10 in pass coverage, then Searcy is a 5. He's not good. The Titans usually had Daimion Stafford and would pull Searcy on obvious passing downs.

Their deep free safety options are Searcy, Curtis Riley, and Kalan Reed. The latter two barely have any actual defensive experience but have been special teams contributors. That brings me to Brynden Trawick. His Raider career as a FS was just like his preseason. Nice play, then three where he's out of position. 

Some think Lebeau loves the SS role so much he doesn't care if there's junk at FS and that's why he had old Rashad Johnson and Michael Griffin there the previous two years.

I think the Jags kill them deep, he better get Byard back there.

My reporter friends are split on this too. It doesn't get any clarification asking them.

Byard played some FS last year as a rookie and Searcy has been a SS ever since joining the Titans. My gut goes with the familiarity there.

 

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Here's another opinion or option- When the Titans ran deep drills, they put Byard and Searcy deep with each taking a side. Wallace filled the roaming role. Didn't see Avery or Woodyard

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Austin Johnson with a donut, not much of an advantage of being listed at DT that way ;)

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Hey can anyone shed some light on WTF is going on with Avery Williamson? 3 downer last year, this year week 1 he was sub 50% I think, and another poor performance this week. Is it time to cut?

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On 9/13/2017 at 10:24 PM, Wooters said:

Ahhhh....the classic blind follower of the previous weeks' stats.  Make sure to come back after week 2 and let us know if you still feel this way.

I'm back and yep...still feel the same way. 

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On 9/19/2017 at 2:52 PM, Hankmoody said:

Austin Johnson with a donut, not much of an advantage of being listed at DT that way ;)

I really didn't think he had no tackles watching it. They went with a four man front (Walden down linemen) for a good percent of the game and Johnson did pretty well. He was "right there" often so I was surprised too when he had zilch

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Here's what I posted in the pool:

During week three of preseason, Wallace was given a break. He earned it and praise and... all that.  His back tightened up on him and he has had trouble getting it right ever since. He's played and come out of the two games with it tight and ultimately barely played because of it. Brown played more because of Wallace's health.

Now he's having back surgery. A tweak became a pull became a tear.

He was to be a very key player this year on D and that's signficant. Woodyard will be "too old" soon and he'd replace him. Was to sub in for Morgan and Orakpo. If anyone got hurt, he'd start. Big loss for depth. 

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7 hours ago, adrn005 said:

Hey can anyone shed some light on WTF is going on with Avery Williamson? 3 downer last year, this year week 1 he was sub 50% I think, and another poor performance this week. Is it time to cut?

Williamson and Woodyard combined to miss twelve tackles in week one. They went high on Marshawn which is pretty dopey. Woodyard had an excellent week two and Avery was fine. Tipped an INT and made some plays. They went with 3 OLBs a bunch this week with Brown in the middle

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NFL alignment variation is figured out by taking the most common group of players on the field and figuring out how many snaps they were on the field together. Then you take the # of snaps other alignments were in on the field. You wind up with a ratio (converted to percent) of how often each group is on the field.

The Titans have more alignments than every other NFL team.

The variation from their most common group is 87%. Highest in (since being recorded) NFL history is 64%, common is 53,55% range.

So that's one reason the Titans have been difficult for IDP. Wallace's injury (above) and Lebeau setting a record for subbing

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Titans variations still very high/

After a bad preseason, it seems the solution to Williams' struggles is to play him very little. He had about the same snaps as Kevin Dodd in his first game and David King who played in his second game with the team. (I still think Antwaun Woods, as he was named the starter this summer but....) 

Since Dodd is horrific in coverage and Walden isn't very good, they've been using a 4 man line a lot the past two weeks. The Titans had Walden as a down lineman a bunch in week two. This week Walden and Dodd took turns. 

Austin Johnson is still playing end and has precious few snaps at NT. No idea why he's still listed as a NT. In the 4 man set, Johnson and Casey moved around a lot. Wilson poised a unique challenge. Orakpo and Morgan seemed to have the green light to go after Wilson but the DL seemed to be asked to be disciplined and just win their battle and hold their spot. Casey had an awesome PFF grade but the RB ran right to him often. 3 weeks in and Austin is consistently a foot away from making a nice play. He's "always" right there when someone else makes a play. His day will come. Klug was inactive. Jones is getting better and better inside. 

One of my biggest problems with all this 4 DL stuff is they have a pro bowl 4-3 DE in Morgan. They switched to a 3-4. Why not use the guy that used to be a stud? He's eons better than Walden or Dodd.

Jayon Brown suffered a concussion or possible concussion but was evaluated and returned to the game. Byard struggled to be the outfielder while he was out. PFF saying he only allowed one completion is way off. In their writing they even mention he accidentally left a TE all alone. Wilson marched them up the field twice, largely going to Graham and Wilson.

Curtis Riley played very well. He almost had as many snaps as Searcy and late in the game, he was in over Searcy. He has really stepped up the last two weeks. 

Mularkey said he'd update us on Cyprien on Wednesday but it seems too quick for him to return. When Cyprien returns, I wonder if it will be Riley or Searcy as the third S.

Byard had a series where he made three plays in a row to force a punt.

Morgan and Orakpo were awesome this week. Morgan did well last week and has really been flying in fast to the QB. 

Baldwin was consistently getting catches but not for big gains. He was smothered and it was often "yeah what can ya do." Ryan continued to play great over the slot, then Lebeau switched him. Ryan was playing outside CB. That brought McCain into the slot and he was getting picked on. Ultimately they went with a dime package which meant their awful zone. It was a switch that almost let the Seahawks back into the game. Sims has been very good. He got picked a week ago and this week, he got faked well on one. So what! The rest of the time he is all over the WR. McCain kills me. If he's in the game, Sims usually isn't unless it's dime.

Us Titans fans are not used to our CBs being all over the WRs. We regularly gave up huge plays and wondered why our CBs look like the closest fans observing a play rather than tackling or making a play on the ball. The CBs are smothering this year. It's fantastic. Some fans want WRs held to zero catches as if that's a true testament of a great corner. That's a bit much to ask. They smother the WRs and really make them earn it to make a catch. That's very good and I'm totally pleased with that. Richardson and Lockett are impressive athletes with nice moves. "We" stayed with those types for like the first time ever. 

Woodyard was fantastic and I haven't been a fan. You'd have to go find some Bronco game to find a better performance by him. He's been rushing right where the OL doubles Casey. They create a hole and he gets right through. He's timing it perfectly and ...really looked great this past week. A better OL will pick him up and not double Casey, but the Hawks line has issues. I think they had three linemen with less than a 40 score by PFF.

Last year we were always saying how special Casey was but he wasn't always given the respect. Three games in and teams are all over him in 2017. If he can absorb three linemen, the others ought to be making more plays. BUT Lebeau does these sets with just 2 DL and other oddities and maybe that's all Casey's responsibility is in those sets- to absorb linemen. He would greatly benefit from Woods being there. 

Avery is still missing tackles but it's less. He's the only man in the middle sometimes and if the DL loses a battle, he's gotta fight off three guys to make a play. Often times he's fighting off linemen with one arm and trying to wrestle the RB with the other, then Byard comes and gets the tackle. Avery stopped him and stood him up, but he gets no credit for that. When Lebeau sends outside rushers, if they don't get to the RB or QB, Avery often has to deal with whatever is left. 

 

 

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Austin Johnson played a lot of NT today and he was bad. Ya know, the guy Antwaun Woods beat out in 2016. He struggled during the season, and yet looked good filling in for Casey which ultimately led to them switching him to End. Today, they "had a bright idea." It went from Johnson playing poorly to Sylvester getting pushed around. It was brutal.

The outfielder stuff I mentioned earlier? HUGE problem today. The corners had no help over the top. Even if Byard or Riley/Searcy were there, they weren't fast enough at getting to the WR to actually help. 

The Texans must have read how Jayon Brown had issues shaking a blocker in college and got over it, shaking most FBs and RBs. They decided to send a blocking TE or OL at him whenever he was near enough to the LOS. He couldn't shake them.

Adoree was beaten and lost that skip in his step confidence. He should have been pulled. The rook got his experience, let's leave him with a little pride.

Another "bright idea" was to play McCain, not Sims, more often. 

Casey was swarmed and couldn't win a battle. Orakpo was everywhere, but too late. Morgan looked pretty good at times. He'd be the only one I'd say played well. 

It was a horrible blowout BUT Mularkey's speech was that changes will be coming. That was not the "forget this and move forward" that I was expecting. Changes could be anything-personnel, preparation, subs, scheme....anything. Since practices are closed, and Mularkey has been (newly) coy this year, we probably won't know before Sunday. Two reporters antagonized Mularkey at the presser today and he walked out in a huff. My gut says there is no way he's forthcoming now. If there was a shred of a chance, it's gone

 

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On 9/26/2017 at 2:55 AM, Bri said:

Curtis Riley played very well. He almost had as many snaps as Searcy and late in the game, he was in over Searcy. He has really stepped up the last two weeks. 

Mularkey said he'd update us on Cyprien on Wednesday but it seems too quick for him to return. When Cyprien returns, I wonder if it will be Riley or Searcy as the third S.

 

Riley 44 snaps

Searcy 32

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Mularkey presser-

Evaluating corners and rotation/usage

Displeased with Avery's hesitation- did NOT say a change is coming with Avery

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Jayon Brown replaced Woodyard- not expected to be serious

Riley has seemed to take Searcy's spot but yesterday Searcy made a few nice plays and pretty much stayed in after that.

Remember earlier when I said this Titans pass D is all over WRs but they're making a bunch of catches anyway? Cutler didn't have the nerve to make a lot of throws. He ate it or threw it away many times. I guess that's another way they can impact a game- if a QB has no nerve. It sure made them look better than they have truly been.

Logan Ryan was amazing. Jarvis Landry was getting angry and pushing people after plays. A shutdown corner in the slot has to be something to work with like we've got one position taken care of. He's not a gem outside, but he's so special in that slot. I'd put him as allowing maybe 5-6 passes in four games in the slot. Outside, he's not the same.

Sims got juked and whiffed on a tackle otherwise he was sharp. Adoree did well too.

Tye Smith continues to be the best CB in the NFL in the "oh you're putting a minimum # of snaps in" category. :-) He plays one or two snaps a game and has a couple PD, has only allowed a one-yard completion, and now has an INT. He is the reason they have statistical minimums.

Sylvester Williams, same garbage. Klug replaced him and then Jones and Casey played some nose. When they needed to stop Ayaji to get a 2-minute drive going, Williams was pushed all the way in front of the LT. Crazy to pull him and then put him back for a game-changing stop.

Orakpo is really struggling to get past the LOS and get to the QB. When Walden is on his side, Orakpo is in coverage. No clue why they don't rush both. This also illustrates Walden playing more of a DE role too.

Morgan's pass rush is excellent right now.

Avery was playing less til Woodyard got hurt.

Brown was on Landry on a 2-3 yard goalline D. They're a little too giddy about how fast he is. Landry got position, turned, and scored no prob

Riley and Searcy FS most of the day, Byard was SS. I'm not confident Cyprien plays a lot when he returns. Byard scooped up a fumble yesterday and made a few key tackles. He's a gem of a SS. It doesn't seem wise to move him back to FS for Cyp to play.

Contradict myself- If Woodyard is out or Avery is benched some; the Titans played 3 safeties on 55% of snaps last year IIRC. It makes more sense that Cyprien returns and (in a way) replaces an ILB for snaps if not position. 

Austin Johnson made a couple nice "did you forget about me" plays.

Daquan probably has little in the stat column but he pushed his man back a couple yards and then got stood up on most snaps. He didn't get to the QB or RB much, but he won his battle all day long. Not surprisingly Casey did too.

That's also the problem with this D. The DL are winning their battles, pushing guys back and tying everyone up, and I'm like waiting for a LB to cruise right through and make a huge play, but there are 8000 DBs in the game and they're all sitting back. When Lebeau blitzes guys it's always right at the snap. The opposing OL picks it up. What happened to a half second pause? A motion like pretending to cover? It's totally there if the Titans would just use delayed blitzes. 

Lebeau mentioned Aaron Wallace as a big loss on the radio last week. Expects him to return, thought he could play through it. The announcers said that he said Wallace was biggest loss of the season, had big plans for him. Avery's spot is ripe for the taking when he returns

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Taywan Taylor had a snap at FS yesterday. I thought it was an error on stat sheet but Mularkey confirmed. 

I wouldn't be surprised if Denzel Johnson is called up then. When a coach is so worried of the deep ball he puts a WR at FS, it's gotta make you figure the good looking fast UDFA could get a shot.

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Sylvester Williams was inactive. 7 mil and a healthy scratch. Titans D was way better up the middle without him- as I've been saying. The Colts have much of their rushing success right up the middle so that was wow to bench him entirely like that. Austin Johnson started at NT but it was mostly Klug and Jones. They did well. Consequently, Avery had his best game. He was everywhere and looked to be in on "every" tackle. It's a different world when the ILB doesn't have to shed an OL. That really should be the cue to activate Antwaun Woods from the PS but we'll see. When Spain was clearly the best RG in camp yet put on the PS, he became the starter after their bye- maybe a film review and assessment forced their hand. I'm hopeful for the same for Woods.

The DL didn't do much statistically but the LBs were all free. They gave the Colts line all they could handle

Logan Ryan was fantastic. Brice McCain was horrible and it is downright scary when he subs in. A WR is instantly targeted and makes the catch. He is bad, bad. Adoree played some snaps over the slot but it was Ryan the rest. He held TY to one catch. Ryan was at FS a little bit when Adoree was over the slot. The Titans have now played Taywan Taylor(one snap) at FS last week and Ryan this week, yet won't admit they have a FS prob and activate Denzel Johnson. 

Derrick Morgan had an abdominal strain and could have come back in. Walden came in for him at OLB. First time I've truly seen him play OLB and not a hand in the dirt DE classified as an OLB. His effort was poor. He's gonna hear it today from Lebeau. He quit on plays.

Aaron Wallace should be eligible to come off IR this week or next(which includes a bye). He was to be a key sub this year so I do expect him to be one of their two IR spots that they activate. He fills in for each OLB but maybe more importantly for stats, he played the roamer safety Polamalu role in preseason- only on obvious rushing downs. 3 DL 5-LBs or 3DL 4 LBs and he at S. Call it what ya want, he was roaming and great in that role. This would allow Byard to play outfielder but I go back to what I've been saying- they love Byard in that Polamalu role and should have never signed Cyprien. 

Cyp should be back after the bye.

Jayon Brown kept getting credit from the announcers for stellar plays on passe to Doyle. He was always behind him and would reach in front and pop the ball out at the last second or hit him at the last second. I was thinking he is in a bad position and most TEs make those catches. He curiously froze on one run play. On another he stormed in very well. Very much a young guy still learning. 

Woodyard still seems to have discovered the fountain of youth. I'm starting to wonder if this will be his best year ever. I don't remember him being "that good" with the Broncos, just good.

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