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Posts of category  "Titans Rock" Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers six hot topics from head coach Mike Mularkey’s Monday afternoon press conference.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans coach Mike Mularkey met with reporters on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team’s 16-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Here’s a look at six hot topics as he looked ahead to next Monday’s game against the Colts:

Questionable calls

Mularkey was asked about an unfortunate sequence of calls that went against the Titans, and changed the game early on Sunday.

Late in the first quarter, a 59-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Cassel to tight end Delanie Walkerwas called back because of an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Jonnu Smith.

Mularkey said Smith was just running a route, and “you see it all the time.”

Two plays later, Cassel was hit as he threw the ball, and it initially looked like it would be ruled an incomplete pass. But officials instead ruled Cassel fumbled the ball forward, and the Dolphins were awarded a touchdown – a 38-yard fumble recovery by safety Reshad Jones.

So instead of the Titans leading 7-3, they trailed 10-0.

Mularkey reiterated on Monday his players told him they heard a whistle on the play that was ruled a fumble, which should have blown the play dead. Mularkey said the officials also made no signal on the play. Mularkey said the fact the ball traveled 13 yards forward was another indication it was an incomplete pass, and not a fumble.

“What really gets you is the two defenders that are coming on the field from their sideline, making it 13 defenders on the play,” Mularkey said. “There’s 13 Miami Dolphins on the field when that play is taking place. So their guys thought that was a dead play, too. That is illegal as well, and I am very shocked they didn’t see that in the review – they had 13 players on the field.”

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Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz celebrates the week’s most disrespectful blocks. This week, we’ve got the Titans helping themselves to slabs of ribs, Washington’s OL, and some receivers in on the fun!

Welcome back to the Disrespectful Blocks of the Week video for Week 4 of the NFL season. I had too many clips this week — it was a fabulous week of knockdowns and pancakes. And thank you to everyone who continues to support this project and sends me clips to review for the reel.

What is better than one order of slab meat?

That’s right, two slabs and two knockdowns.

We start in Houston with the Titans offensive line. This was an ugly contest for the Titans, but not on this play. Starting with the center, Ben Jones, and working to the left guard, Quinton Spain, and the left tackle, Taylor Lewan, this is beautiful. Jones starts the party, knocking J.J. Watt off balance, then Spain cleans up for Lewan and ends up knocking down both Watt andJadeveon Clowney.

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Notable Week 4 Pro Football Focus grades for the Tennessee Titans.

After two impressive wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks we saw the horrific play from the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. This game could have been a statement win and could have given the Titans the ability to take over the AFC South. In all three phases of the game, execution was poor and the beatdown by the Houston Texans resulted in the offense moving away from the game plan.

Some may say that Watson could be the real deal, but could it have been the terrible scheming from the Titans? Even though the Titans’ defense was on the field for 84 games and gave up 57 points, there was some good to match the bad. According to Pro Football Focus, below are the Titans’ top five players on Sunday.

Top Five Overall Grades

DL Jurrell Casey, Overall Grade: 87.5

OLB Brian Orakpo, Overall Grade: 82.4

WR Rishard Matthews, Overall Grade: 80.0

DL Sylvester Williams, Overall Grade: 79.8

ILB Wesley Woodyard, Overall Grade: 79.3

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota “did a little more” in practice on Thursday, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey. His availability for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins remains in question.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota “did a little more” in practice on Thursday, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.

Mariota is “day to day” with the hamstring injury, making him questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

“He did a little more, not a lot more, but a little more,” Mularkey said of Mariota. “We’re really being smart, and listening to what he is saying about himself.”

Mularkey said on Thursday there’s a chance the Titans might consider keeping three quarterbacks active on Sunday. In addition to Mariota, the Titans also have Matt Casseland Brandon Weeden, who was signed on Tuesday.

Cassel is in line to start if Mariota can’t go. Mularkey said it was “positive” that Mariota didn’t have a setback following Wednesday’s practice, when he was also limited. Mariota isn’t dealing with pain, according to Mularkey.

“I think that has a lot to do with him being smart and what he is doing with the training staff, and just realizing it’s Wednesday and Thursday still,” Mularkey said. “We have some time.

“He will definitely have to show (he can move around).”

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The Tennessee Titans announced the signing of former UTC wideout CJ Board to their practice squad.

Board who clocked an un-official sub 4.40 second 40-yard dash at Chattanooga’s pro day signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent.

In 51 games at UTC he caught 146 passes, 10 touchdowns with just over 2,000 yards. The Mocs also used Board as a return specialist.

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Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Titans reached out to several free agent quarterbacks, but no signing is imminent as of now.

The Titans have at least put feelers out to a few free agent quarterbacks this week — including a few that the Titans have faced over the past couple years — as Marcus Mariota’s availability is at least in some doubt for Sunday’s game in Miami.

Given what we saw from Matt Cassel in relief of Mariota on Sunday I tend to think that signing a third quarterback regardless of Mariota’s availability this week would be a good idea. Cassel looked like he had no business playing in an NFL football game on Sunday. His arm strength is gone and he compounded that with some terrible decision making. I get that coming in cold off the bench as a quarterback is tough, but we saw E.J. Manuel do it pretty effectively for the Raiders this week, so its not like it can’t be done. You probably wouldn’t want to cut Cassel immediately since it is almost impossible to get a quarterback up to speed in the middle of a game week, but signing a guy now would allow you to potentially transition away from Cassel over the next few weeks if that is what they would like to do.

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The Titans have agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has started 25 games in his career. Weeden gives the team insurance at the position.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Weeden (6-3, 230), who has started 25 games in his career, gives the team insurance at the position heading into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Starting quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a hamstring in Sunday’s game against the Texans, and he’s “day to day,” according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.

Backup quarterback Matt Cassel relieved Mariota on Sunday, and is expected to start of Mariota is unable to play. Mularkey said there’s a possibility the Titans won’t know about Mariota’s availability until late in the week, possibly as late as Sunday.

So the Titans worked out quarterbacks on Tuesday, and ended up reaching a deal with Weeden, the 22nd overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Weeden, who’s 33, has played with the Browns, Cowboys and Texans in his career.

He last played in an NFL game in 2015, when he started three games with the Cowboys and one game with the Texans.

In his career, Weeden has completed 559-of-965 passes for 6,462 yards, with 31 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. Because of his experience in Dallas, which uses an offensive system similar to the one in Tennessee, Weeden’s transition should be smoother at the start.

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With tension mounting regarding the national anthem flap and the corresponding remarks from President Donald Trump earlier in the week, many wondered what types of statement would be made by whom on Sunday around the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks both mutually agreed to do nothing on the field by having both clubs stay in the locker rooms while the national anthem was sung by Meghan Linsey.

Linsey finished the anthem and was booed herself by fans after she and her accompanying guitarist took a knee following their performance.

As for the players, the Titans say they wanted to give a show of unity from inside the locker room, with support from controlling owner Amy Adam Strunk and head coach Mike Mularkey over staying inside rather than being on the sideline for “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Several Titans explained the gesture following the game, as to how the idea came about and the reasoning behind it. “We had a group text message with the Seattle Seahawks, and we talked about it among the team,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “Coaches got involved and we came up with a solution that would be perfect. Have everybody stay in the locker room.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said it was not done with any intent of disrespect for the country for the flag.

“We made a statement about it, the teams had talked,” Mularkey said. “We’re unified as a team. It had nothing to do with disrespect to the anthem or the flag or this country. It did not.

“We don’t appreciate some of the things coming out of Washington, it was more about that. I just want to make it clear — this is a team. Watch them every Sunday how they line up for the national anthem. Don’t tell me this team isn’t proud of the this country and this flag.”

Other Titans players spoke about the support of the coaching staff and the management regarding the decision to stay inside. Strunk even addressed the team about the matter.

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Since being picked by the Titans in the 2017 draft, Adoree’ Jackson has had two punt return touchdowns called back because of penalties – one in the preseason, and one in the regular season. He’s not mad. He believes one is coming soon that will count.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans return man Adoree’ Jackson can’t catch a break.

Coverage units can’t seem to catch Jackson either.

Jackson, the 18th overall pick of the 2017 draft from Southern California, returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown on Sunday against the Seahawks. Only it was called back because of a penalty.

It marked the second time Jackson had a punt return called back for a touchdown in the NFL – he also took one to the house against the Panthers in the preseason, and it was called back, too.

Jackson’s not mad.

“It’s still all smiles from my standpoint,” Jackson said, “because I know everything is on God’s time. And at least everybody can get a glimpse of what it can look like when one finally breaks free.”

Jackson, a starter at cornerback, is one of the team’s most exciting players. He’s been especially fun to watch in the return game. Jackson provided a big spark with a 46-yard punt return in Week 2 at Jacksonville, and he’s currently third in the NFL in punt return average (13.9 yards). Heck, Jackson leaped over Oakland’s punter in the opener.

“I just enjoy being able to display what I can do in games,” Jackson said. “I am just thankful I have been blessed to be able to do the things I am doing, even though the touchdowns have been getting called back.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he feels bad about Jackson’s bad luck. Mularkey believes Jackson would’ve scored even without the illegal block thrown by running back David Fluellen against the Seahawks.

“I do (feel bad),” Mularkey said. “I feel bad for him and us.”

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota believes one is coming soon.

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The Tennessee Titans (2-1) travel this week to face the reigning AFC South Champion Houston Texans (1-2). Kickoff at NRG Stadium (capacity 71,795) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Oct. 1.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (2-1) travel this week to face the reigning AFC South Champion Houston Texans (1-2). Kickoff at NRG Stadium (capacity 71,795) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Oct. 1.


The game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan and analyst Rich Gannon will call the action.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Dave McGinnis, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.

Additionally, Westwood One Sports will broadcast the Titans-Texans game to a national radio audience. Play-by-play announcer John Sadak and analyst Mike Mayock will have the call.


The Titans used 115 rushing yards by DeMarco Murrayand two touchdown passes by Marcus Mariota to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 33-27 last week. They scored 24 points in the second half, including 21 points in the third quarter.

Murray, who was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury entering the contest, picked up 75 of his rushing yards on a touchdown run in the third quarter. The play equaled his second-longest career run, behind only a 91-yarder as a member of the Dallas Cowboys against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 23, 2011. He finished the Seattle game with 14 carries for 115 yards, recording his 27th career 100-yard rushing game (including playoffs) and his sixth with the Titans.

Mariota, who was playing in his 30th career game, completed 20 passes for 225 yards on 32 attempts. He threw touchdown passes of 55 yards to wide receiver Rishard Matthews and 24 yards to tight end Jonnu Smith. It was his 11th career performance with a passer rating of at least 100 and his 17th career game with at least two touchdown passes.

Three weeks into the NFL season (through Sunday, Sept. 24), the Titans offfense ranks among the league leaders in several categories. The unit is fifth in total offense (386.7 yards per game), second in rushing offense (156.3 yards per game), sixth in scoring (28.7 points per game) and tied for first in sacks allowed (two).

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