Early indications from Mike Vrabel on Derrick Henry-Dion Lewis division of labor

mdi construction barORLANDO, Fla. – The division of labor between Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry is one of the biggest curiosities about the 2018 Titans.

While Mike Vrabel shared a lot during a nearly hour-long breakfast conversion with reporters at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes he generally steered clear of scheme specifics.


But as he fielded questions about running back workload, he did indicate the team’s early thinking on the default.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In June of 2017, Vince Young told Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated he’d written an apology letter to Jeff Fisher attempting to make amends.

FisherSportsFest3Per Young, he never heard back.

Saturday at 104.5 The Zone’s SportsFest at First Tennessee Park, Fisher was a featured speaker, reminiscing as the Titans approach their 20th season.

And I had a chance to ask him about the letter.

“Yes, I got a letter from Vince,” Fisher said. “And I didn’t respond. My name was spelled wrong on the letter, the letter came from the University of Texas, and I had no way of knowing if it was (really) from him. It came from the athletic department. But my name was spelled incorrectly.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – I’d hoped to see something different than I expected. But in their home opener at Nissan Stadium, Nashville SC looked like what I suspected it would look like: A middling minor league soccer club.


Sure, it’s the ground floor for professional soccer in Music City. Still, on another wet day in front of a pretty good crowd, they gave us good goalkeeping and really nothing else to be remotely excited about en route to a scoreless draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

Early on Nashville boomed hopeful, fruitless balls into the box. It wasn’t only uninventive, it didn’t hint at any desire to be creative.

It came out of that eventually, but had little to no success building any sustained possession and couldn’t move the ball around to test different areas of Riverhounds SC’s defense.

Rather Nashville rarely made any significant, threatening connecting pass that got it in position to threaten real danger. There was a lack of offensive skill beyond a pretty, sidewinding volley from Lebo Moloto off a corner that was the home team's best look at the goal. It bounced harmlessly off a defender.

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Pickers mailbag: More fan fascination with big names

pickers vodka 847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy weekend.

Hope it doesn't rain here as much as expected and that your weekend includes a nice cocktail made with Pickers Vodka. Here's the Periscope we did Friday.

On to your questions, which you can tweet to @PaulKuharskyNFL anytime using #PKmail.

PK: I read the back-and-forth between Wolken and Currie. Wolken got confirmation that Currie had a deal with Greg Schiano. That’s TitansSeatsit. He said congrats. That’s fine. Then either seek additional detail or get out.

But for some reason, Wolken stuck around to suck up to Currie and compliment the hire, which led to the I’ll-help-you-spin-it exchange. It was totally unnecessary. He didn’t need to say it to help negotiate for the information. He already had the information.

I think there are two kinds of reporters when it comes to talking with sources.

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YAZOO PODCAST: Deion Sanders' blunder and Jon Robinson's 'my bad'

YAZOO podcast stripeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deion Sanders created a controversy out of nothing. If only he was in a business where you had to know how to communicate things clearly.

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The NFL Network star failed his audience and Kevin Byard and made a mess he could have easily cleaned up. He and his son made it worse.

Madison Blevins and I cover than and much more in the new edition of the Paul Kuharsky Podcast.

Part 1, like podcast versions of my public Periscope and Facebook Lives, is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes. We always welcome your feedback.

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.

Other topics: The chance at Ndamukong Suh, the lack of any receiver talk and the upcoming owners meetings.

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With no receiver move in free-agency, will Titans draft one?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans avoided three-wide sets when they could under Mike Mularkey. The Rams thrived in them.

Matt LaFleur came to Tennessee from Los Angeles, and while his new team’s offensive system will be suited to his players, it’s bound to look a lot more than the Rams’ than that of the Mularkey Titans.

Are Jon Robinson, Mike Vrabel and LaFleur satisfied with the current crop of receivers?TaylorIND

We’ve had no indication on that except that they did not surface on any level as a known suitor of a receiver in the early stages of free agency.

Sixteen receivers have signed new deals in free agency, with a dozen of them changing team. The remaining list of available guys isn't great, though maybe the Titans have a couple they are eyeing for when prices and expectations drop.

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Deion Sanders should know the league, including Kevin Byard, better

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – So Deion Sanders thinks Tyrann Mathieu is the best safety in the NFL.

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That’s a perfectly fine opinion no matter how debatable.

But it would carry more sway if the Hall of Fame cornerback an NFL Network analyst knew the league better.

It’s hard for anyone to have a complete feel for 1,696 players who comprise the 53-man rosters for 32 teams. Even just the starting lineups are 704 players.

I’m not giving Sanders a pass on that. He should be familiar with most of the league. He certainly should be familiar with All-Pro players.

And apparently, he doesn’t even know who Kevin Byard is.

Sanders is so in-tune with players that Micah Hyde, Eric Weddle, Casey Hayward and Jalen Ramsey all chimed in and sided with Byard. And, as many of you have reminded me, Sanders suggested Terry Robiskie should have been in the head coaching pipeline after the 2017 season. 

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Titans crafting artful deals that allow room for mistakes

HT092417 JM187 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans want ball-carriers who show escapability.

Their front office is negotiating deals that give the franchise escapability.

Malcolm Butler got a five-year deal, $61.25 million contract. (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/Jim Mahoney.)

But it’s only got $24 million guaranteed in the first two seasons, after which the Titans can get out with no further guarantees and a 2020 cap charge of $6 million. (Numbers courtesy Spotrac.)

That’s hardly a killer in the event he fails to pan out and is not what they are expecting.

Dion Lewis’ full four-deal could be worth up to $23.2 million if he reaches all his incentives.

But The Titans can be done with him after two seasons and $12 million, with only $1.125 million left as a dead charge on the 2020 cap.

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