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PK TV: You Vented About The Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- To get to .500, the Titans will have to beat the team that's been a recent archnemisis on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bengals got to 1-2 with a win over the Rams Monday night. Recent history says they should feel pretty PK TVgood about their chances against Mike Vrabel's Titans.

They are 3-0 against them, including the 2021 gut-wrenching division-round playoff win in Nashville and a 20-16 loss in Nashville last year on Nov. 27 that began the dreaded seven-game, season-ending losing streak.

Joe Burrow is playing on a balky calf but he's got great weapons to challenge a secondary that is giving up big plays. And Trey Hendrickson looked good giving up two sacks while nose tackle D.J. Readrr has given Tennessee Problems in the past.

It's hard to feel great about a bounce back from the loss in Cleveland, though it's something Vrabel's done with his team quite a lot in the past.

Many of you joined our weekly broadcast conversation at the half of Thursday Night Football to discuss all the Titans' issues and all your concerns. Head to the private Facebook page or below on YouTube to rewatch the excellent c conversation.

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The Paul Kuharsky Podcast: Titans' Training Camp Lied

The Paul Kuharsky Podcast: Titans' Training Camp Lied

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Training camp is built to provide hope, and while all the things many of us bought into there are not guaranteed to fizzle, it's not looking good.

Most of the defenses the Titans see the rest of the way will not be as good as New Orleans and Cleveland were. Still, The Paul Kuharsky Podcasthow much better can left tackle be? How will the receivers get more separation? What's the recipe for the corners to stop giving up explosive plays?

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After Titans' Humiliating Loss, Options To Fix Their Tackle Woes

After Titans' Humiliating Loss, Options To Fix Their Tackle Woes

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans' embarrassing 27-3 loss to the Browns on Sunday was disheartening on several levels.

For one, it’s just hard to watch a football team spend an entire afternoon failing to move the ball even one length of a football field. Tennessee’s 94 yards of total offense represents the franchise’s fourth-lowest single-game total over 64 seasons of professional football. It just barely eclipsed the 80 yards of penalties that they racked up in Cleveland.

However, the biggest reason that it was so disheartening is that all the issues that most clearly defined this game – the poor offensive line play and leaky secondary – are the same problems that drove the team’s seven-game losing streak to end the 2022 season.

Dillon Radunz and Andre Dillard in front of Ryan Tannehill
Dillon Radunz and Andre Dillard in front of Ryan Tannehill/ Angie Flatt

There was an attempt to fix those issues this offseason. New GM Ran Carthon replaced three starters on the offensive line, four if you include suspended right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and Mike Vrabel brought in a new defensive passing game coordinator in the highly regarded Chris Harris to bring along a young secondary.

However, early returns are not good in either area.

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The Decay Of The Titans' Offensive Line Since 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans went the inexpensive route, looking for upside at several positions they needed to fill during the offseason.

A year after they had to plug in their third tackle, Dennis Daley, after Taylor Lewan went down with a repeat knee injury in Week Two and got horrific results, they felt good about a former first-rounder in Andre Dillard.

Taylor Lewan
  Since Taylor Lewan's knee issues began, the Titans have struggled at left tackle

But through three games, he’s been the worst player on an offensive line that came into the season as a big concern and has only increased the anxiety about pass protection and run blocking.

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The Analytics Of The Titans' Week 3 Offensive Performance

By JAKE DOWNARD

Jake Downard is a law student who creates NFL and NBA content focused on analytics on Twitter as @JakeAndBall. He also works with fanspo.com. Today is his second post at PaulKuharsky.com. A glossary of the analytics terms he uses is at the bottom of the piece.

From the second quarter against the Chargers to the moment Nick Folk hit the game-winning field goal in overtime, the Titans operated as arguably the most efficient offense in football. Ryan Tannehill was lights out, the run game was successful with the sudden success in play-action passing, targets were spread beautifully throughout the depth chart, and nearly every skill position player contributed in a big way.

A week after putting together a performance that got the entire fanbase excited for the first time in a long time, the Titans imploded. 

Sep 24, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) leaps to defend a pass to Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) during the second half at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
   Treylon Burks fails to pull in a second-half chance/ © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

 

It does not take an analytical savant or advanced algorithm to conclude that they were horrible against the Browns. If you were curious, this is how their offense graded out in the advanced metrics that they were so successful in last week: [Unlocked]

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Titans Out-Coached and Overwhelmed: Scouting Breakdown Of Browns' Game

Titans Out-Coached and Overwhelmed: Scouting Breakdown Of Browns' Game

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No run game, no passing game and poor tackling are not things that usually combine for the Titans, even in a loss.

But those and many more negatives piled up for them Sunday in Cleveland.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel watches the game during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.
  Mike Vrabel in Cleveland/ © Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Titans’ offense was about as poor as I have seen under a Mike Vrabel-coached team. The Titans have had issues over the past few years with personnel and not being able to match up with some of the better teams, but they usually don’t lose with coaching. In this one, they got outcoached and could not figure out a formula on offense or defense to stop the Browns.

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Titans Crushed By Browns; Does 'Play Better, Coach-Better' Resonate Any More?

Titans Crushed By Browns; Does 'Play Better, Coach-Better' Resonate Any More?

CLEVELAND – When the Titans lose, especially decisively, Mike Vrabel leans on a standard line.

It’s an obvious and true element of a quick evaluation that carries a hint of the coach Vrabel played the majority of his 14-year career for, Bill Belichick. His team, he says, has to coach better and has to play better.

Sunday, shortly after a hard-to-watch 27-3 loss at Cleveland Browns Stadium, he hit it again.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) gets sacked at the end of the first half in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023.
  Ryan Tannehill deals with one of five sacks/ © Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

“In every phase, you can start it with me and go all the way down,” he said. “Whether it’s coaching. Whether it’s our pass rush, their pass rush, their O-line, their ability to hit some plays down the field, penalties, every category. It’s going to be the same thing for each one. It’s important for us to stick together. You play like that in this league, you coach like that in this league, you get your ass beat, plain and simple. It’s disappointing. But it’s what happens when you perform and you coach like that.”

I asked if that common theme continues to resonate with his players and coaches.

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