Mailbag: Any concerns about Marcus Mariota?

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Titans pass rushers not expecting easy time vs. struggling Seahawks offensive line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Seahawks are having offensive line troubles, which leads me to think on Sunday it has to be a Jurrell Casey Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, game.

Seattle has given up six sacks, and that’s with the very mobile Russell Wilson at quarterback.RakandDMCar

Coach Mike Mularkey said the teams have to be disciplined in their rush lanes, but he bristled at the idea the Titans could look to contain Wilson rather than going after him.

“No, we’re going to get him,” he said.

Orakpo said it’s really dangerous to go into a game thinking it’ll be one that especially allows for quarterback hits and sacks.

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Titans should give DeMarco Murray the week off, ride with Derrick Henry vs. the Seahawks

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the Titans are hopeful DeMarco Murray (hamstring) will practice Friday, the wise call could be to give him Sunday vs. Seattle off and look to ensure his hamstring is completely right before he returns.

The team remains committed to Murray as its lead back. But the drafting of Derrick Henry in the second round in 2016 wasn’t just about the future and having a quality No. 2 in the present. It served as identity insurance.

If Henry starts and gets the bulk of the work Sunday, the Titans should be just fine in terms of running the ball against a defense that’s surrendered 5.2 yards a carry through two games.

There are areas of concern, and if Henry gets hurt there is a big dropoff to David Fluellen. Still, Tennessee ought to ride with Henry this week.

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Who some Titans wish they could matchup with again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After Jurrell Casey got bowled over by Marshawn Lynch at the end of the Titans' opening-day loss to the Raiders, the Titans defensive tackle said he owed the running back one and hoped for another chance.

“He’s on the list, definitely,” Casey said. “I don’t have a big list. Not too many guys get me. Him. Shonn Greene got me before, back in 2012 before he got here. He was one guy who was on my list and he got saved because the following year he came here. I told him, if I ever get a chance to get you, practice, camp, whatever, I was going to get him. But he got lucky.”

Tight end Phillip Supernaw didn’t hesitate with his answer.

It’s probably different by position, but I sought the guy at the top of other players’ lists and came up largely empty.

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Short sacks of Marcus Mariota might provide hidden yards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sacks are drive-killer, yardage losses that often lead to punts and lost possessions.

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Former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, now in the same role in Philadelphia, used to talk about how they almost served as mini-turnovers.

While I am generally a proponent of Marcus Mariota staying in the pocket, his ability to sense and avoid pressure even in a sack situation can really help the Titans on those plays.

A 2-yard sack, after all, is far less consequential than an 8-yard sack.

So far in his career, Mariota’s average yards lost per sack has actually been worse than the league average.

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Contesting every catch a big theme for Titans' cornerbacks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Receivers are going to make catches.

The Titans are going to work hard to make sure none of them are easy.

Contested catches are a major theme for Tennessee’s pass defenders in 2017, and it’s a category in which they had great room to grow.

With rookie Adoree Jackson leading the charge, the revamped group is showing an ability to be close, get a hand in and make things hard for guys trying to field passes.RDR20170910 1084

Jackson said he hopes there is no such thing as an easy catch against him.

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Anatomy of Derrick Henry's 17-yard touchdown run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Saturday morning, game-plan ideas still were still rolling around Mike Mularkey’s head.

He wanted the Titans to add a run play with a bit of a twist.

“A lot of it’s based on what we’ve done before against them,” he said. “It was just a look, we had the same motion, same set. We ran the same play against them eight times here for pretty successful plays, a couple of touchdowns. I personally, I thought if (Phillip) Supernaw does the same thing, and instead of coming all the way back and running the play we ran against them, if he stops and runs – we call it a lead open – they’re going to think it’s coming over here and we’re going to hit him over here.

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