Scout's take: For most of Jets' game, Marcus Mariota couldn't get feet set, step into throws

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Wide-ranging scouting notes from the Titans' win over the Jets... 

The win was by any means necessary.  A win is a win.

The Titans converted one third down all game and that was on the final TD pass to Corey Davis.

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Even with the special teams' breakdowns and Marcus Mariota’s interception for a TD, the Titans’ still had the resolve to win the game. 

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They'll take it: Titans found a way against the woeful Jets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Was it the Titans finding a way to win or the Jets finding a way to lose? At the end of a 26-22 win for the home team at Nissan Stadium, it was probably equal doses of both, but Tennessee got to go home feeling relieved and knowing it’s still technically alive in the AFC playoff hunt.

At 6-6, the Titans are 10th in the AFC when they need to be sixth for the final playoff spot. They are behind 6-6 Denver in conference record, 6-6 Indianapolis in head-to-head result and conference record, 6-6 Miami in head-to-head and conference record and 7-5 Baltimore in head-to-head and conference record.DavisJets

But it’s a lot better than 5-7 with a loss to the woeful Jets and Dec. 2 assurances that they couldn’t top the 9-7 of the last two seasons.

My biggest takeaways from the win over New York.

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Scout’s take: Marcus Mariota will have room to run vs. the Jets

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.

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scouting notes ahead of the Titans' Sunday showdown with the Jets at Nissan Stadium...

The Titans are competing with a three-win team that is playing an aging QB in Josh McCown and without a playmaker on offense.

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The must-win situations will last the rest of the year. If the Titans don’t beat the Jets the season is over and major concern with the direction of the team will set in.

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YAZOO PODCAST: Titans' 3.3 yards per first-down run a big source of their issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Vrabel contradicted himself for the first time in the rematch with the Texans, but it may help him in the long run. Marcus Mariota needs to help the Titans take fewer sacks, but it's hard not to like his gains in completion percentage and yards per attempt this season. Dennis Kelly says he can play guard.

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In this week's edition of the podcast, I respond to your demands for Madison Blevins' return and we cover all of that plus the Titans' terrible first-down average per carry and the quarterbacks the Titans have, and have not, faced a year after seeing six backups.

And more.

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.

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. 

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Jack Conklin: Scheme adjustment a bigger factor than knee at this stage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jack Conklin was recovering from torn ACL repair on Jan 30, when the Titans announced Matt LaFleur as Mike Vrabel’s offensive coordinator.

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That signaled a scheme change, and once he was in position to think about his return it got his attention, maybe even made him a little wary.

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Mike Vrabel is in no trouble, but pass protection like this got Whiz fired

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eleven games into their season, the Titans are on pace to give up the most sacks of the Tennessee era, more than they did when failure to sufficiently protect Marcus Mariota basically got Ken Whisenhunt fired.

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Mike Vrabel’s job is hardly in jeopardy in his rookie season or after it.

I’m certain there is more going on to try to fix the sack problem it than we can tell. But the Titans have allowed 39 sacks, 35 of them with Mariota on the field. They are on pace for 57.

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Some potential roots of the Luke Stocker attempt for the Titans in Houston

VrabelPortraitNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- My feelings for the Luke Stocker's fourth-and-1 conversion attempt from the Houston 3-yard line are well-documented in this very space.

But so are my feelings for Mike Vrabel, who I think is a smart coach, who is growing and will get better.

And he didn't come up with this idea against a defense he helped coach for the last four years out of nowhere.

So what's the root of the idea he said he'd seen work against the Texans?

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Scout's take: Another Mike Vrabel gamble fails

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The scouting review you’ve been waiting for from the Titans 34-17 loss at Houston…

The AFC South division championship is no longer in sight, the Titans must focus on winning at least four of the next five games to have a chance at the wild card.MariotaWattHouston

You may not think there were many, but we're going to start with

The positives from Monday night…

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