Amid championship-game penalty talk, a look at what the Titans did, and didn't do

Amid championship-game penalty talk, a look at what the Titans did, and didn't do

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the giant no-call in the NFC Championship Game doing its share to help the Rams to the Super Bowl, officiating and penalties will be the primary conversation Monday.

That got me thinking about what the Titans did and did not do in the penalty department in 2018.OfficialsMeeting

We probably did not praise them enough for being the least penalized team in the NFL. With 82 penalties. Carolina and Minnesota were the second-least penalized teams, and they finished with 92. That’s a significant gap.

From combing through the excellent web site nflpenalties.com, here are some nuggets that surprised me about the Titans.

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Pickers mailbag: Have Titans' DL decisions been as bad or worse as WR?

Pickers mailbag: Have Titans' DL decisions been as bad or worse as WR?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hey, hey. Thanks for coming to the mailbag.

Have held off on a Periscope/FacebookLive in case of coordinator news, but I will steer you to this week's excellent podcast.

 Let's hit the best things you asked.

PK: Among guys who finished this year on the roster, there were not many good ones. They drafted DaQuan Jones in the fourth round in 2014. He just played what I thought was his worst season, right on the heels of a new contract. They drafted Austin Johnson in the second-round in 2016. They signed Bennie Logan as a free agent in 2018. They found Darius Kilgo as a journeyman and Matt Dickerson as an undrafted free agent.


A poor group. Previous failures include bust Kevin Dodd as a second-rounder, Sylvester Williams as an over-priced one-year free agent dud. Angelo Blackson didn’t pan out. They traded a very low pick for David King who didn’t do much and then didn’t make the team the following year. They let undrafted fine Antwaun Woods go, and he played well in Dallas this season. Al Woods was a better player than people they signed after parting with him.

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Arthur Smith on Titans' short list for offensive coordinator and what else I now know about the search

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans incredibly quiet search for a replacement for Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator continues, and multiple league sources have heard nary a rumor about what direction Mike Vrabel is heading.

He and the Titans are incredibly good at keeping secrets.


Three small things I've been able to cobble together:

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A thorough review of the Titans' game-day experience at Nissan Stadium

A thorough review of the Titans' game-day experience at Nissan Stadium

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I've spent a good deal of time recently discussing the game-day experience at Nissan Stadium with members of this site and with the Titans in order to compile what I hope is a wide-ranging review complete with suggestions on how the team and Nissan Stadium can continue to make it better.

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Season ticket holders lining up to greet players as they leave the locker room and greet the fans is a great feature at Nissan Stadium. Photo courtesy of Wade Dunn.

Let's dig right in.

Replays: The Titans got new equipment for the 2018 season, but they hardly mastered it despite additional hires. They feel they got better, but know they are not as good as they need to be. Nissan Stadium has eight to 12 camera stations plus portables and the equipment amounts to having additional DVRs. But the quickness, the accuracy and the angles were not there.

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My Pro Football Writers of America awards and All-NFL ballot

My Pro Football Writers of America awards and All-NFL ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Pro Football Writers of America gives its members some time to fill out ballots for postseason awards and All-NFL Team.

I appreciate that because I am a procrastinator and because I inevitably get stuck on a few spots which I wind up first debating with friends and then taking to a scout or two to make sure I’m on an OK track.PFWAlogo

Postseason awards have gotten a bit more complicated in recent years as positions have blended.

All-Pro is pretty straight forward and it’s why it’s the most coveted award. One guy at each position where one guy plays, two where two play on the first team, and same on the second. Cut and dried.

But the positional grouping is tough on defense. Defensive fronts have gotten complicated. So the Associated Press, which runs All-Pro, created edge rusher, interior line and linebacker baskets.

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Pickers mailbag: On the Titans' taking their time finding an OC

Pickers mailbag: On the Titans' taking their time finding an OC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greetings. I hope you are in line for a big weekend, and that while you are sprawled on your couch you can dive into this mailbag. But first, perhaps a nap inspired by this excellent video.

Now on to the best questions of the week.


PK: First off, Matt LaFleur was hiriEd in Green Bay four whole days ago as I'm posting this on Friday, So  do we really feel like the Titans are "taking their time?" I suppose the Titans could be back-channeling and have a feel for getting permission to talk to someone like Kromer. But the Rams have far more important concerns right now. (Also Kromer is very much a run-game guy, I don't know that he would be a great choice to run an entire offense.)

I have every confidence that Mike Vrabel has a plan, that the plan has several options and that he will wind up with one of them. I know fans need to know it right this second and that the four-day wait, which is unquestionably going to extend to next week, is unbearable for some. But we're all just going to endure it. It took him 10 days to hire his coordinators the first time.

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If new OC comes from within, Titans' fans are looking at the wrong guy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel surely doesn’t want his next offensive coordinator to be someone else’s head coach in short order like Matt LaFleur was. And a retread career coordinator may not provide enough innovation.

Which puts a defensive head coach in a tough spot and has many with a strong interest in the Titans’ next OC predicting Vrabel will stay in-house for the hire.

If he does, those prognosticators are looking too much at the wrong guy.

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Jon Robinson stops short of full endorsement of Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Given a chance to throw organizational support behind Marcus Mariota, Jon Robinson failed to do so in a Wednesday morning interview on The Midday 180. That hardly means he's out on the quarterback. But he wasn't fluffing up a complicated quarterback situation, either.

"Is your commitment to Marcus Mariota the same as it's been since you've arrived," I asked. [Unlocked]

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