NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Tannehill struck a good chord in his first visit with the Titans media corps, sorting through the complicated equation of being a backup quarterback who retains the desire to start but doesn’t mess with the guy in front of him.TannehillThrowOTA

His competition is against the Titans’ defense, not Marcus Mariota, he said, and the biggest adjustment is pulling back on the leadership he worked hard to improve while starting for the Dolphins for six of the last seven seasons while missing 2017 as he recovered from injury.  

“It’s a transition for me, definitely tough at times,” he said. …When you work with good people, great people and you’re all aligned and in this thing together trying to win football games, it definitely helps with that transition. But yeah there are some things that are tough about it. It goes along with it...” [Unlocked]

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Some numbers that show Mike Vrabel understands finding pressure without a 10-sack guy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As we consider the Titans’ ability to scheme up a pass rush as they are lacking a premier pass rusher likely to put up a double-digit sack season, I wanted to look at all the teams Mike Vrabel played on.VrabelRavens

In regular seasons in Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City, he was part of 14 regular seasons that totaled a 144-80 record -- a .643 winning percentage.

There are all sorts of paths to winning in the NFL.

Few have been better than whichever one Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have walked, and Vrabel was part of the Patriots for a great eight-year run.

No Jevon Kearse was available for the Titans to splash into their formula this season the way the 1999 Titans found one. And Vrabel exudes great confidence that he and Dean Pees will be able to get more out of the people they’ve got and the scheme they draw up.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In mid-April when the Titans resurfaced for offseason work, Marcus Mariota said his intention was to play heavier but he was unable to tell us how much heavier.MariotaWeight

It sounded like it could be as little as five pounds more than last year, a number I didn’t think was going to be a big factor in terms of making him a more durable quarterback in his fifth season.

But it’s not five pounds.


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YAZOO PODCAST: Will Compton on 'Bussin' with the Boys,' Dean Pees' schemes and how to play special teams

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- "Bussin' With the Boys" is all the rage in the Titans' podcasting sphere and perhaps beyond after a debut episode featuring Delanie Walker as the guest.

So it was a good time for our podcast to catch up with Will Compton, the linebacker/co-host of the new show.

Often in a wolf shirt, Compton was a great resource for me in the locker room last season. He remains unsigned and isn't sure what awaits him.PodcastYazooArtSquare

We discussed the podcast and some potential landmines as well as the plans for the guys to stock up a library of episodes to last through the season; How Mike Vrabel and Dean Pees can scheme a pass rush and find ways to get Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown and Wesley Woodyard all on the field at the same time; How a guy like Tajae Sharpe might add special teams to his repertoire; And this piece from last season: Blocked? Muted? The Titans' social media reactions aren't as telling as I might have believed.

You can find Part 1 on iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line.

You can find the history of this site's podcasts right here.

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pacmanMugNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pacman Jones was a destructive force for the Titans, who stained the organization and branded both Jeff Fisher and Floyd Reese with irremovable tattoos.

They thought a talented, electric returner and cornerback was good enough to take a chance on with the sixth pick in 2005 and that they could fix him, police him and get all the good and none of the bad.

And what they got was a guy who made some great plays, strayed far from what his coaches asked him to do and stained the organization.

The worst of it resulted in a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct resulting from his part in stirring up a Las Vegas strip club shooting that left Tom Urbanski a paraplegic.

Jones had more interactions with law enforcement than we could count and was coddled and babied by Fisher which only made things worse. He was as big a distraction as was imaginable. He was constantly in national headlines painting the Titans in a terrible light. He wound up suspended for the 2007 season, one of the first to players to be sidelined under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The Titans shipped him to Dallas before he was reinstated and could embarrass them any further. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A nonchalant conversation between two premier NFL players and fringe one in limbo gave us a look into how things can work in the league when it comes to getting players back in the field.

BussinOn the debut episode of “Bussin’ With the Boys,” the podcast hosted by Taylor Lewan and Will Compton, guest Delanie Walker was part of a lengthy conversation about pain meds and IVs that are a regular part of NFL Sundays.

Both Walker and Lewan spoke of issues or apparent issues with IVs, which are commonly taken at halftime or before games to prevent or deal with dehydration.

“If you get a certain amount of CCs of air in your blood system… like 100 CCs will kill you,” Lewan said. “If you get enough, it will make your heart dilate in a certain way…” [Unlocked]

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The hole in the Titans' good-to-great theme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel caught himself at Tuesday’s practice. Running over to see the tight ends work he looked to offer praise and the wrong G word came out.

He quickly corrected himself, shifting from “good” to “great” as players and coaches are doing this offseason. Perhaps he did pushups for it later.


The team’s theme is to make the jump from good -- 9-7 and out of the playoffs -- to great -- a better record, potentially a division title, certainly the assurance of a postseason berth with a home game.

The emphasis on word choice is a fun way, if a little hokey, to continually strike the message.

Following up a question about the Titans’ pass rush, I asked Vrabel about how good-to-great applies to areas where the Titans didn’t even qualify as good in 2018.

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Take a Lap: Kenny Vaccaro on Kenya, pain and his best interception (sorry Ryan Tannehill)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As media availability wound down following Tuesday's open OTA practice, Kenny Vaccaro was kind enough to Take a Lap with me at the Titans' practice field.

TakeALap 2We chatted about his worst injury, his best interception (sorry Ryan Tannehill), how winning so often as a youngster eventually put him in a place where he had to learn about how failure can be a good thing, the default song he plays on the piano, his favorite teams in other sports and more.




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