Corey Davis: When I get back, 'it's go time'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An offense lacking much oomph could really benefit from the return of No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis, who’s been out the last three games with a hamstring injury and won’t play Monday night.

Indications from Mike Mularkey are that the receiver has a shot to return Oct. 22 at Cleveland. If not, the Titans then have a bye and he could return Nov. 5 against Baltimore.DavisOAK

His absence has been frustrating for all involved and Mularkey said Davis could give the Titans a boost in every phase of the passing game.

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Marcus Mariota 'absolutely' feels good about chance to play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans sound more optimistic about Marcus Mariota for the Colts game Monday night than the did last week as the team prepared for a trip to Miami.IMG 2759

But it’ll be at least a couple days, and perhaps Monday, before we have a verdict on whether he’s back from a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the blowout loss in Houston on Oct. 1.

“He did more today than he did last week, so that was a good sign,” Mike Mularkey said. “…He’s got to be able to move around really pretty good to be able to play and not put himself in a position where he’s going to reinjure himself. He’s got to show that by the end of the week.”

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The best tips Titans have found while watching tape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coaches and players watch and watch. It’s not technically film, but it’s still a word they use often.

The mission: Find tendencies and tips.TitansWall

I’ve been asking guys in the Titans locker room about the best tips they every found and how they helped in game situations.

Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo: “Probably the head bob of a center. Centers can give away tendencies on when to get off. Every center has his own routine. Some look left and look right. Some bob. Some bob twice. That’s a good tip if you’re wanting to get a good BGO, ball get off.”

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, a Hall of Fame defensive back: “Every now and then I’d see a guy spit on his hands and rub

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Reconnecting to full emotions of fandom by suffering through US Soccer's failure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I root, far too hard, for seven-year-old soccer and baseball players.

My son and his best buds are an extraordinary bunch, just like your bunch, and I take great joy in watching them work together, learn, compete and succeed.

At 48, my life as a die-hard fan, jaded by over two decades as a sportswriter, has been boiled down to the bare minimum: U.S Soccer and the New York Yankees I grew up rooting for in Central New Jersey.WorldCuplogo

The two have collided in recent days, with crucial stakes for both. Yankees manager Joe Girardi ridiculously didn’t challenge a monumental call Friday night and his blunder led to a loss. They’ve recovered for two wins and could still advance to the ALCS Wednesday night in Cleveland.

The U.S. games Friday night and Tuesday night were even bigger, with World Cup qualification on the line. They won the first in magnificent fashion, a super 4-0 home win over Panama.

But the second one was one of the biggest disasters of my life as a sporting fan. I always try to be aware of recency bias and am generally hesitant to call what just happened the best or the worst.

But this was the worst.

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Titans will stay the course more than they will change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There is a middle ground between “change everything” and “stay the course” and the Titans need to find it to get on track.ThirdDown

I need you to get yourself to a place where you can accept that they will lean a lot more toward stay the course.

The best moments for this team this season were the second halves of the wins at Jacksonville and over Seattle.

And the key to those second halves was sticking with it. I think that safely symbolizes the sort of mindset the Titans coaches will have Tuesday as they game plan and the players will have as that plan is installed.

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Monday reaction to reactionary tweets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It felt like a lot of what you've been saying demanded I deal with some mail.

PK: Here is the thing: It's not Player X versus some imagined alternative or minimal standard. It's Player X versus Player Y. I've set Colin Kaepernick aside for obvious reasons, that's not a strictly skill set evlauation whether you think it should be or not. So tell me WHO the guy is they should have brought in instead? I'm up for the conversation, but the rule here now is, if you say a guy shouldn't be around, you have to give a name for who should be around instead. That goes for Kevin Dodd, not just Matt Cassel.sword

PK: Holding a bad offense to 10 points is suficiently good work, particularly a week after giving up 57 to a burgeoning offense.

PK: Running isn't the only way to further aggravate it. Lateral movement could do it, a hit could do it, and it's hard for a guy who runs to simply not run when people are chasing him. You're broader point, though, is true. He could have beaten them by doing very little.

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Hate blaming officials, but Titans got shafted on two calls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A three-play swing on two penalties was crucial in the Titans loss at Miami Sunday.

I’m disinclined to blame the refs, but the Titans looked to get the wrong end of both calls.GetThem

On a first-and-10 from the Titans 41 yard-line with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Jonnu Smith engaged with Xavier Howard at five yards and stayed on him for five more. Then, 10 yards from the line of scrimmage on the left side, he turned just as Matt Cassel release the ball for Delanie Walker, who caught it about 23 yards further downfield and ran in for a 59-yard score.

But Smith was called for offensive pass interference.

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Plan B offense earned an F for Titans in Miami

mdi construction barMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Plan B has to work in that game.IMG 2653

With a defensive rebound that yielded only 10 points, 178 net yards -- just 78 of them passing -- and 12 first downs, that side of the ball did enough. But the Titans found a way to lose anyway, depressingly dropping to 2-3 with a 16-10 loss to the Dolphins  

This one was the fault of offense.

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