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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.

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

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As Titans embark on search for new OC, a reminder of the rules

As Titans embark on search for new OC, a reminder of the rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A tweet flashed across everyone’s phones that Matt LaFleur was in line for the Packers’ head job and, bam, the flurry of suggestion for who the replacement should be came raining down.

Except very little of it came with an understanding of how a coach under contract with another team can land in Music City.VrabelBrownIndy

Mike Vrabel can’t simply go get anyone he wants from anywhere he wants.

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BC's Frank Piraino expected to be Titans' next strength coach

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Frank Piraino, strength and conditioning coach at Boston College, is expected to accept the same post with the Titans.

Mike Vrabel parted with Tom Kanavy right after the season ended. Kanavy held the job for one season after the late retirement of long-timer Steve Watterson.

Vrabel likely built a connection with Piraino as Tyler Vrabel was recruited by BC and just played his freshman season there as an offensive lineman. [Unlocked]

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With Matt LaFleur reportedly heading to Packers, Titans' offense to hit restart again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans suffered a serious blow with the Packers' reported decision to hire Matt LaFleur as their next head coach, putting them in position to have a fifth offensive coordinator in five years.

That simply kills the continuity for Marcus Mariota and the offense and puts Mike Vrabel under pressure to make a big hire for his quarterback heading into his staff's second season.LaFleurRobisonIndy

There will be six remaining head coaches vacancies and seven staffs that need to fill out, so it will benefit Vrabel if some of the best offensive minds do not wind up with jobs and he can interview coaches like Adam Gase, Todd Monken and maybe Kliff Kingsbury as well as, on the older end of the spectrum, Jim Caldwell though he figures to be more married to his ways. [Unlocked]

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Scout's take: Must-read Titans' roster review

Scout's take: Must-read Titans' roster review

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The all-encompassing, one-stop, player-by-player, post-season scouting report you need on the Titans... 

QB Marcus Mariota – A franchise QB, when healthy, but the health is an issue. It is hard for a scout to discuss injuries but we discuss the availability of the player. When he plays he gives the team a chance each and every week to win, when he doesn’t, there is very little hope for a W. Mariota is tough, team player, a leader, very athletic, with good arm strength, accurate, has excellent speed as a runner, good avoid in the pocket and very good escapability. He still struggles with

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holding the ball too long, when the pass protection breaks down. This is an issue he needs to correct this season to help keep him healthy and also to avoid negative plays. He still is high on throws to his right side outside the numbers. He throws a very accurate corner route to either side, but deep outs are an issue. Mariota is a winner and can be a championship QB, but he needs consistency from the coaching staff and players around him. He also needs playmakers. There are NO true playmakers on this team. Derrick Henry flashed, Taywan Taylor was there on a few deep passes, but no one else makes plays to help out the QB.

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Pickers mailbag: My ideal new backup for Marcus Mariota

Pickers mailbag: My ideal new backup for Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As you provided such a great batch of questions this week, we will jump right in.

Mark Hankins How does a coach determine if the strength coach is good or not? Watterson was a lifer, but the next guy and his asst were fired after a year

PK: The Titans had very good injury fortune in Steve Watterson last few years. But there were plenty of years where they had bad injury luck when he was in the post. There are things the strength and conditioning coach program can help with, but it’s a violent physical sport and guys are going to get hurt in ways no conditioning program can prevent.

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I don’t think moving on from Tom Kanavy and Taylor Porter is necessarily an indictment of their work. I think Mike Vrabel wants to install a specific program that is to his liking and I think he has had someone in mind from when he was hired, someone who was under contract through this year It could be Mickey Marotti from Ohio State or Troy Sutton who was at Ohio State and is now with the Minnesota Timberwolves. I’ve also heard some informed speculation that it could be Dave Kennedy, who was on Dirk Koetter’s staff in Tampa Bay.

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