Once big for Titans, strike routes continue to trend down

Malik Willis Interception returnNASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Titans have been at the most dangerous passing the ball under Mike Vrabel, a dig route with a receiver crossing the field with speed, catching a pass in stride, perhaps bouncing off one defender and running away from others felt like a major element of it.

That receiver was often A.J. Brown and his play-caller for the first two seasons with Ryan Tannehill throwing the ball was Arthur Smith.

Now, what the Titans call a strike route is still a part of their repertoire, but they’ve run them it less successfully because it’s not something their receivers are particularly good at and because the way they are being defended often limits their opportunity.

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PK TV: A conversation about all that's unfolding with the Titans

RobinsonVrabelLaughDraftNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We've had a day to digest the news that Amy Adams Strunk fired Jon Robinson and we've heard all that Mike Vrabel had to say about it when the organization decided he'd be the only executive to answer questions about it.

I know it left a lot on your mind.

So our Wednesday night gathering made for a good and extra long conversation.

I gave you the first name I've come up with that I really like as a GM candidate to replace Robinson and detailed why I like him.

And there is the matter of the aftermath of the loss in Philadelphia and the Titans turning back to more favorable competition with the Jaguars coming to town for the first of two matchups in the final five weeks. 

Also, you comforted me about my dog's serious surgery slated for Thursday.

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Reaction to all Mike Vrabel said about Titans firing Jon Robinson

Jon Robinsonand Mike VrabelNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amy Adams Strunk unfairly hung Mike Vrabel out to dry Wednesday, as he answered for her Tuesday decision to fire Jon Robinson for over 20 minutes.

Here are the highlights of what he said and my thoughts on the meaning behind a lot of it.

“Move forward aligned:” Vrabel thanked Robinson and his family for the care and effort and support they’d shown the team and fans.

“I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity to coach this football team on the field, to lead it each and every day,” he said. “With that, change is never easy. But we realize that we all have a job to do. That job is evaluated each and every day. I told the team this. I met with the staff.

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Mike Herndon: Big hits and bigger misses define Jon Robinson’s tenure as Titans GM

Mike Herndon: Big hits and bigger misses define Jon Robinson’s tenure as Titans GM

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The news that Titans controlling owner Amy Adams-Strunk was firing GM Jon Robinson on a rainy Tuesday morning in early December was shocking. For all its warts – and we’ll get to those in detail shortly – Tennessee is currently 7-5 and on the verge of clinching its third consecutive division title, a first for this franchise since joining the NFL in 1970.Jon Robinson

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Robinson finishes his tenure as the top football executive for the Titans with a 66-43 record, playoff appearances in what will soon be five of seven seasons, and one AFC Championship game appearance after taking over a team that had been 5-27 in the two seasons prior to his arrival.

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Ten more thoughts about Jon Robinson's firing as the Titans move on

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ten more thoughts on the firing of Jon Robinson by Amy Adams Strunk on Tuesday...

Mike Vrabel’s power: It’s very much a consensus league now. Pete Carroll has a large hand in personnel in Seattle and Andy Reid does too, but John Schneider and Brett Veach, respectively, are hardly regarded as puppets.

Beyond Bill Belichick, who has final say on all football matters with the Patriots, it’s tough to find a coach with true GM powers in today’s league. 

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Vrabel has clearly done a far better job as the Titans coach than Robinson did as its GM. But don’t presume the dynamic for personnel decisions gets flipped entirely on its head.

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To fire Jon Robinson in-season, Amy Adams Strunk had to be really angry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In firing Jon Robinson before he completed the first year of an extension announced in February, Amy Adams Strunk made a giant statement.

Robinson’s recent player acquisition work was poor and watching the results of one of his biggest moves come to fruition on Sunday in Philadelphia was the concluding act.

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A.J. Brown, traded to Philadelphia for draft picks as a result of a contract dispute, caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles trounced Tennessee 35-10 and dropped them to 7-5 while the receivers Robinson assembled managed four catches for 41 yards and a score.

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PK TV: Public broadcast on #Titans and Jon Robinson firing

Jon RobinsonNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's as big an of-field move as there can be at this stage of the season: Amy Adams Strunk fired Jon Robinson and the Titans will be in the market for a new GM after the season.

We've talked over and over about how Mike Vrabel's done a great job as the coach and he's been under-served by Robinson's personnel moves.

Strunk saw the same thing, but it's still a big surprise that with so little left to do from a personnel angle for the remainder of the season she didn't wait until it was over.

Come share your feelings about this and bring your questions as we hash it all out.

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Scout's take: Titans had scared CBs, low-impact Jeffery Simmons, poor OL play in Philly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This was a game of the haves versus the have-nots.

The Eagles have the Titans' best receiver from a year ago in A.J. Brown. The Titans have a rookie in Treylon Burks who has shown flashes but spent more time injured than actually playing and producing.

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The Eagles have an offensive line that is all homegrown with their own draft choices and is one of the best units in the NFL. The Titans have spent draft choices and free agent money on the offensive line and are still struggling to find five viable starters.

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