Coach Mularkey's Thursday Practice Transcript

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TITANS HEAD COACH MIKE MULARKEY MEDIA AVAILABILITY - Sept. 22, 2016

(on if some of the injury questions are closer to being resolved)

Yeah, I'd say. Derrick (Morgan) did better today than I was expecting, and I'm hoping we get full-speed Derrick tomorrow. Kendall (Wright) did more. He took a third of the reps yesterday. I told him to get at least half the reps today. We'll see how much better he is tomorrow. Right guard—again, they're getting their fair share. We put Josh (Kline) there more today just because (Brian) Schwenke's had so many reps from OTAs on, so he got more of the reps today. We'll make a decision by tomorrow.

(on if there is an advantage in playing the Raiders three times in less than a year)

I mean, I don't know if it's an advantage, but I know our players know their players' skill level. Their scheme has not changed a whole lot, unless they do a drastic makeover from everything that's going on there defensively. I don't know, but I think it goes into the breakdown. It all kind of matters when you put all the numbers together to see how to attack these guys.

(on if he was surprised by the Falcons' success on offense at Oakland last weekend)

Yeah, they executed really well. There was a lot of things in that game that looked very familiar from Week 3 (of the preseason), I can say that. It's obviously a little bit of a copy-cat league, but there was a lot of things that we did in that game that came back out to light. They executed very well. There was a lot of luck—there were three tipped balls, one for a touchdown. Easily could have gone the other way, and they made plays off the tips. It was just one of those days. I mean Atlanta, it just kept going their way.

(on the challenge of going against Khalil Mack and what other teams have done to quiet him)

He's a load. He's a challenge. He's very good in the run game setting the edge. Obviously, he's very good off the edge rushing. Teams are putting extra bodies over there. They're trying to formation their sets to get him away from things. There's a number of ways to get away from him. You know, (Bruce) Irvin on the other side, he's a threat, too. So you've got to kind of pick your poison. Teams are doing a good job. They're trying to get rid of the ball or they're staying with extra protectors in the long passing game.

(on if he evaluated Karl Joseph in the draft process and liked what he saw)

I do. We really liked him. He's very tough. He's a hitter, loves to hit. He's a good player, a very good player. I knew he was coming off of an injury, but I know personally I liked him coming in the draft.

(on if Karl Joseph's strength is in his ability to be a hard hitter)

Yeah, he likes contact, there's no question about it. There is no hesitation. It's coming.

(on how Curtis Riley helps the team)

He's one of a couple guys we talked about. Again, it's more of special teams factor. We have some guys on our practice squad that can play special teams. At this time, we just felt like give Curtis (Riley) an opportunity. Now whether he's up or not, that will be a decision we make when we get closer to the game, but more value of what you can do on special teams.

(on the importance of winning two consecutive games for the future success of the team)

I think winning at home is important. I mean, we've got to start making this a tough place to play—getting our fans back in the stands all over the stadium. I've said it since early on in February, until we start winning in this stadium, in this city, we're going to keep putting up with other fans being there. We're the ones that can dictate whether that happens or not, so I think winning at home is very important.

(on if they are tired of hearing opposing fans in the stadium)

Nobody wants to hear that. I mean, are you kidding me? Nobody wants to hear it. Our fans don't, you don't—no, nobody wants to hear that.

Titans players take the field for Thursday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn, Amber Harding)

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