When the Titans needed one big drive, they went 90 yards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The defense had put them on the porch twice.

The Titans offense punched in a couple early touchdowns from wonderful field position provided by the defense. The first thanks to a Jameis Winston fumble from a too-early shotgun snap that bounced off the quarterback’s facemask and was recovered by Isaiah Mack, the second thanks to a Malcolm Butler interception.BrownTdBucs

But when the Titans needed a knockout punch against the Buccaneers on a day where the defense provided most of the field position, the offense had one big drive in them: The 12-play, 90-yard mark took them 6 minutes and 54 seconds in the fourth quarter.

That provided the final 27-23 margin.

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In midst of big win, another big questionable Mike Vrabel decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel loves the idea of delivering a knockout punch, so much so that sometimes it feels as if he forgets they play out the clock in the NFL no matter what.HumphriesBucs

Sunday in position to assure his team a worst-case scenario of a regulation tie, he insisted on an attempt to put it away.

But I was hardly the only person to come away from the Titans 27-23 win over the Buccaneers Sunday at Nissan Stadium confused.

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Mail: Picking the best of the worst, practice squad needs and trade talk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy weekend. I hope you're able to dodge the rain, find some fun and enjoy some football.

Here is the public Periscope we did Thursday night.

If you missed the podcast with Frank Wycheck, you really ought to check that out.


I got some good discussion topics in the mail so let's hit them.

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Can Titans be physical with Mike Evans as they were with Julio Jones? Scout's Take

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tampa Bay is coming off a bye week and needed a chance to regroup after losing three of its last four games.

On defense, the Buccaneers are built to stop the run with the No. 1 run-stopping defense but they struggle to stop the pass with the 32nd ranked defense against the pass.ButlerChargers

The Buccaneers have a defensive line of Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea and William Gholston do they have the type of personnel that can not only hold the point-of-attack on plays run at them but also shed blocks and go make the play.

Vea is a space-eating NT who also has the quickness and movement skills to shed blocks and make plays inside the tackle box. Vea is playing at a high level and will be a tough matchup for the interior of the Titans’ offensive line.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When DaQuan Jones strolled around one of the Titans’ practice fields with me in early September, he didn’t want to blame his 2017 biceps injury for his 2018 season, but he admitted it had been a big factor.

This year, Jones has been a solid piece of the Titans’ high-quality defense, which ranks fourth on third down and fourth in points allowed.


In his sixth season, Jones is again playing the way the team imagined he could under Mike Vrabel and Dean Pees as a strong force inside. He works as a base-defense nose tackle and has been inside with Jurrell Casey for a lot of nickel snaps.

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YAZOO PODCAST: Frank Wycheck on hitting rock bottom, rebounding and relocating

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  -- When Frank Wycheck moved to Philadelphia I asked him if, when he was ready, I could be the guy to share his story.

Tuesday he texted me that he was ready.PodcastYazooArtSquare

He sounded great in a nearly hour-long conversation during which we reminisced about old times but also looked deeply into his bouts with depression, the damage he did to relationships in Nashville by becoming a virtual recluse and the relocation which has helped him rebound and has him feeling newly upbeat.

We also covered his memories of The Wake Up Zone on 104.5 The Zone, his disappointment at how his tenure as the color analyst on Titans Radio ultimately ended, the May wedding of his oldest daughter, his disappointment with The History Channel, his view of Delanie Walker and Amy Adams Strunk, his delight about the Titans retiring the numbers of Steve McNair and Eddie George and NFL issues including CTE and player safety. 

Part 1 of the podcast is available on Apple PodcastsSticher, Spotify and TuneIn as well as directly through the Vokal website. (Please subscribe and offer a nice rating!)

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is log in and head below the line. (Here's the path to membership.)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reggie Gilbert knew Mike Vrabel and the Texans liked him when he was coming out of Arizona, but he landed in Green Bay.

With a trade just before the season started Vrabel finally has had his chance to work with Gilbert. Once the ankle injury he brought with him cleared up, Gilbert has played a good deal with the Titans through their first seven games.

We recorded this shortly after his first start, Week 4 in Atlanta when he was still getting settled in Nashville.TakeALap 2GilbertLap

His sister played for two teams in the WNBA, so we discussed which he preferred and how she once scammed him on a basketball court. We also covered which of four bowl-game gift bags was the best, his taste for fried alligator, Packers throwback uniforms, picking a small bicycle from a kid for the famed ride to the locker room during Green Bay training camp, his best game and more.

This is available to all, just click to head below the line. [Unlocked.]

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Ryan Tannehill poised to be part of the year of the backup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s early, but 2019 is looking like the year of the backup quarterback.

Five of the top 14 quarterbacks in passer rating weren’t the starters for their team in training camp.

Carolina’s Kyle Allen, Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph, Indianapolis’ Jacoby Brissett, New Orleans’ Teddy Bridgewater and Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew have done solid work in place of Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, the retired Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and Nick Foles.TannehillSlideChargers

Collectively, they’ve thrown 47 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

What happened to the thing where a team was SOL if the starting quarterback goes down?

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