Scout's take: Bad coverage, no separation, disappearing energy undid Titans

Scout's take: Bad coverage, no separation, disappearing energy undid Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If I said a quarterback threw for 368 yards and three touchdowns, a tight end had 11 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns would most people think that came from a 4-8 team or a team that is leading the division and has a winning record?


Evan Engram pulls in a TD over Andrew Adams/ Angie Flatt

Well, it came from a team that just might be the division leaders a year from now when the team that gave up those yards might be looking at a rebuild, with very few young core players to start that process.

The Jaguars only had 60 yards rushing, but a total of 428 yards in a 36-22 win at Nissan Stadium.

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Crossroads continue as depleted Titans can't handle Jaguars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amy Adams Strunk declared her dissatisfaction with the Titans’ roster on Tuesday in a statement explaining why she fired Jon Robinson.

Sunday that roster, depleted again by persistent injuries, showed all the reasons to be dissatisfied with it, embarrassing itself in a 36-22 loss to the Jaguars. They had not won in Nashville since 2013 but left with longshot hopes of catching Tennessee in the AFC South still alight, and a rematch slated for Jan. 7 or 8 in Jacksonville as the regular season finale.

Derrick Henry

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The Titans turned the ball over four times, which produced 20 points for their guests. A team that is usually well coached and that typically plays with unquestioned effort appeared lost and directionless at times.

The team lost Mike Vrabel’s fifth, sixth and seventh games as their coach in 2018. They had not lost three in a row again until now. Last week he told his players they were at a crossroads and had tough decisions to make. Nothing about how they played said they’d decided anything good.

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PK TV: Commiserate on Titans' first three-game skid since 2018

PK121122NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Have to admit I saw that one coming.

With the Titans missing several key people on defense as well as their most explosive weapon on offense in Treylon Burks, an early lead meant nothing as they lost badly to the Jaguars, 36-14.

Their AFC South rival had not won at Nissan Stadium since 2013 and the Titans picked a really bad time to help them end the streak.

It would be hard for Tennessee, now 7-6, to lose the AFC South, but it's not inconceivable. 

So much to be frustrated about and so many questions to carry to Los Angeles next week for the big matchup with the Chargers.

Many of you came and hashed that out with me on PK TV and now other can rewatch at the private Facebook page or below. If you're not a member, you really ought to be part of these, so please sign up!

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Titans' togetherness not enough to overcome talent gap with NFL's best

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Through 12 games, the Titans have beaten the teams they should beat and lost to the teams that have good odds for playoff runs and Super Bowl appearances.

Given their roster limitations, it feels about right. They’ve not been upset – something that has been an issue in recent years – but they’ve not sprung surprises against top-level competition either.


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A team that’s clearly at a deficit against quality competition needs to play over its head, above its talent with smart schemes and game plans in order to pick off the sort of team it will host in the first round of the playoffs, and the one it would face on the road in the divisional round if it finds a wild-card win.

Yet key players are talking about relying on something else entirely as a differentiator: Togetherness.

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What Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk said and 10 places she should have been led

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amy Adams Strunk declined to face the Nashville media on Tuesday, leaving Mike Vrabel, who reported to Jon Robinson, as the lone Titans' executive to discuss the general manager’s firing.

Three days later Strunk gave an exclusive to the Associated Press, saying she made the decision on Robinson before the team's 35-10 loss to the Eagles and didn’t think it was fair not to let him go now considering she knew what she wanted to do.

Amy Adams Strunk

It sure seems like there was no plan for her to speak to anyone. Then following a lot of backlash, the franchise handpicked a reasonably friendly outlet. That’s the Titans' prerogative. There is no way she was going to sit down with me at this stage, I know.

But it appeared to be PR on the fly, and PR on the fly is poor PR.

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This week's podcast is PK TV instead: Pre-Jaguars-#Titans

PK120922NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With so much non-football stuff going on this week, I apologize that time simply didn't allow for a podcast recording.

Instead, we did a public PK TV.

we discussed Derrick Henry getting hit so quickly in the backfield, the downturn in Jeffery Simmons's play and an awful list of six Titans who are out of Sunday's game at Nissan Stadium against the Jaguars. 

There was also plenty on the aftermath of Jon Robinson's firing. I'm not big on the idea of it having a bearing on what will unfold in this game but I understand a case being made for the other side of the argument and we talked about that too.

Rewatch on Twitter, Facebook or below.

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Scout's take: How do Titans play after message about personnel?

Scout's take: How do Titans play after message about personnel?

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans enter this week at a "crossroads" against a division rival. That’s what Mike Vrabel said after the game last Sunday. It’s even more appropriate after what unfolded on Tuesday with the firing of general manager Jon Robinson.Nick Westbrook-Ikhine

Players usually aren’t concerned with employees in the front office, but the message owner Amy Adams Strunk sent can be interpreted in several different ways.

That can affect how the game is played moving forward.

Players pay attention when messages are sent and this was a clear message that the owner is not pleased with the talent that is on the field.

How they respond should be something to watch.

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Fritz Pollard Alliance will offer Titans guidance on 36 Rooney Rule candidates for GM

Rick SmithNASHVILLE, Tenn. – NFL rules require the Titans to interview two persons of color or women for their open general manager slot. Rod Graves, executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, intends to offer himself as a resource to the franchise for finding those two candidates.

The alliance champions diversity in the NFL through education and works as a resource for member scouts, coaches and front-office personnel. It’s named after the first African-American NFL coach.

“I’ll be reaching out to the Titans relatively soon for assistance with the process,” Graves said.

He has a list of 36 candidates, 32 who are currently working in the NFL and four who are currently inactive.

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