Coach Mularkey's Thursday Practice Transcript



(on an injury update)

No practice today for Derrick Henry, and limited was DeMarco (Murray) and Jack Conklin. Everybody else was full, so getting everybody healthy, getting them back.

(on if DeMarco Murray and Jack Conklin are likely to be ready by Sunday)

I would expect that, yeah. We're just being smart with them. Again, we've got a pretty good practice tomorrow, a good tempo practice. We'll see how they do tomorrow, but we're anticipating them for Sunday.

(on how many times he has faced Dom Capers)

A number of times. He may have been a head coach—I was a coordinator in Pittsburgh, he was the head coach in Houston—but I've work with Dom (Capers). I was the coordinator in Miami. He was the defensive coordinator. We went at it every day against each other, so I know Dom pretty well. We've become very good friends. He's a heck of a football coach.

(on the strength of the Packers' run defense)*

Up front, they're hard to move in the middle and they set an edge on the outside. They basically box in the offense into a tight place. You have to be able to get movement up front, and you've got to be able to get outside on these guys. You've got to get out on the perimeter, and they make it very difficult—very stout outside.

(on if a similar offense has played the Packers this year)

Yeah, Dallas, I think, a little bit—somewhat (similar) personnel groupings, similar run game, about as close as you can get. They played them last year, as well, so I've watched a couple games. I've watched some previous years' games of teams to try to find the closest comparison.

(on if Marcus Mariota's turnovers have been magnified due to them being returned for scores)

I think if you look at statistics, any turnover for a score, the odds of winning the game, the percentages aren't very high, I can promise you. If you lose the turnover battle, the percentages are not good. If there's a score off of it, it may be 10 times worse of giving you a chance to win. If you have two, very difficult. Me saying that, I'm going to tell you we still had an opportunity to win the games that we've turned the ball over with scores. So (you) can't do it, makes it hard—always trying to catch back up.

(on if there is temptation to run more of the no-huddle offense)

I think we have a good balance in our offense of what we're doing. I really do. I like the scheme we put together every week. I think it's our personality, what we believe in. There's a lot of personnel groupings. There's a lot of moving parts in this offense, a lot of different things. They have their homework when they break us down. There's a lot that's going on. That's before the ball is snapped. And then, our run game is very, I think, well done with you're not getting a lot of the same looks. So it's hard to prepare for us. You have to go back a ways to really get a good beat on us.

(on if Quinton Spain will return as starter at left guard)

(Brian) Schwenke right now is still at that spot until Quinton (Spain) gets back up to speed here. He's doing good. He's definitely looking better than I expected, but we'll make that decision.

(on if they will make a decision on left guard this week)

Yeah, we'll still make that. That's not final. Nothing's final yet up there.

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

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