Pickers mailbag: Outside zone failures illustrate Titans' run-game woes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings, folks. Welcome to a big, long football weekend.


Here's the big Periscope in advance of Monday night's Titans-Cowboy's game in Dallas.

And now we move on to some people's favorite part of the mailbag, the actual mail.

Why are the o-line struggles not discussed more thoroughly? I know this o-line has a good reputation but injuries/the interior have made it a glaring weak spot. Watch 2 pt attempt vs. Chargers, LG gets mauled. #PKmail

— nate (@natetweets69) November 2, 2018

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Who do the Titans think Ezekiel Elliott is most like and why?

Slowing the Dallas Cowboys running back is their biggest challenge Monday night in Dallas. If they can do that, I think the Titans actually have a good chance of winning at AT&T Stadium

I tell you a bit about my recipe for a victory in this week's podcast.


You can find it on iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

Or you can listen to it below. [Unlocked]

Thanks for your continued support.

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Scout's take: The Titans' path to beating Cowboys in Dallas

Blake Beddingfield was a Titans' scout for 19 years, through the 2017 draft. He was the team's director of college scouting for his final six years. Follow him on Twitter at @BlakeBeddingfi1. He’s brought to you by Party Fowl. Eat hot chicken and drink boozy slushes in The Gulch, the Boro or in Donelson.OrakpoMorganTexans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans front office had a blind trust coming into the 2018 season. 

They trusted that a rookie head coach would be the answer to put them over on top. They trusted that a rookie offensive coordinator would be ready to call plays at a playoff level. They trusted that the young second-year receivers would take the next step as playmakers. They trusted that their high priced free agent pickups would upgrade their talent.

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After Monday night game, Mike Vrabel can't be talking about how he needs to coach better

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Mike Vrabel steps to the podium at AT&T Stadium late Monday, he needs not to tell us that he needs to do a better job coaching.

He needs to have done a better job coaching.VrabelRobinsonGoodellEagles

I don’t fault him for his default answer after a loss. It’s an automatic me-first route to accountability when things go wrong. And too many coaches, including his predecessor, don’t look first to themselves when things go bad.

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How the Titans can move their fourth-quarter offense into the rest of the game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans want to be more like they are on offense in the fourth quarter in quarters one through three.IMG 6672

"We have a quarterback that is highly rated in the fourth quarter," Mike Vrabel said. "We have to find ways to recreate the fourth quarter passing. He’s highly rated – I think he’s maybe 24-for-32, 120.0 rating, off the top of my head. We have to recreate that type of mentality throughout the game, and throughout the first three-quarters of the game."

What are the Titans doing better in the fourth quarter that they can try to do more in the first three quarters? I broke it down into a bunch of categories based off numbers from sharpfootballstats.com.

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Too timid at WR, now or later the Titans need a shakeup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After an aggressive showing against the Eagles, I praised the mild-mannered Titans receivers for flipping a switch and turning into aggressive go-getters.

They have not kept it up, and I came back from London perturbed that once again, a meek group of guys played meek football and did their part to help the Titans lose.DavisFumbleTexans2

“I know that (Marcus Mariota) was putting it in there, and I know that there were dropssssss, and so it looked like those decisions were good when balls hit guys in the hands, I mean we’ve got to make plays,” Mike Vrabel said. “They’ve got to help the quarterback. The quarterback has got to make good decisions. We’ve got to coach good. And it all goes hand-in-hand.”

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Here's why it's awfully hard for the Titans to make Derrick Henry a volume runner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Want to be the sort of high-volume runner proponents of Derrick Henry say the Titans big back should be?

The key is catching passes.


If you want the volume, you need to be on the field for all three downs, and if you want to be on the field for all three downs you need to be a well-rounded back who can threaten not just as a ball-carrier but as a receiving threat.

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Pickers mailbag: Receiver drops, trade demands and patience

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sadly, I have returned to America.

But we are back, ready to examine the Titans from all angles and I've got several good posts on the runway for the week leading up to the Titans on Monday night in Dallas.

Here's this week's Periscope, hot off the presses.

Onto the top questions and topics of the week.

How responsible is WR coach for all the drops? Are drops something that can be fixed or are you kind of stuck with what you’ve got?

— EHDLO (@EHDLO) October 26, 2018

PK: The Titans have had a slew of wide receiver coaches though 20 years of having insufficient wide receivers. It’s a magical position for them in term of insufficiency. And it’s tapped into all sort of different elements.


But Rob Moore hasn’t run a single bad route or dropped a single ball. Certainly, a head coach, a coordinator and a position coach can help a deficient group improve on an area it’s deficient in, but ultimately it’s on the players in the moment to do better.

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