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Hot Topics From Titans HC Mike Vrabel's Monday Presser


NASHVILLE – Titans Coach Mike Vrabel held a press conference on Monday, one day after the team's 20-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here's a look at the biggest topics from the presser:

-Vrabel said quarterback Will Levis stood in the pocket and showed toughness on Sunday, when he was sacked four times and hit on at least 13 occasions. And while Vrabel appreciates his toughness, he doesn't want him to take so many hits because he doesn't want him to get hurt. "We believe in Will's toughness," Vrabel said, "and we also believe we don't need to challenge it as much as we have." Vrabel said the Titans have to "continue to protect him, and develop him, and have him help us."

-Vrabel provided this update on the left tackle position: Left tackle Andre Dillard is in concussion protocol. "Dillon (Radunz) finished the game there, and Dillon admittedly wasn't up to the standard that we need. He's played some good snaps for us. Jaelyn Duncan is available to potentially play, or compete for an opportunity, and a couple of guys on the practice squad."

-Vrabel said the X-plays on defense ended up hurting the team against the Buccaneers, and while the team played some good snaps, there were others "that weren't very good" on Sunday. Offensively, Vrabel said the Titans had too many negative play runs, and the team didn't do a very good job in play-action. Vrabel also counted five drops. "Do I think we play hard? Yeah. Do I think we quit? No," Vrabel said. "Did we play well enough and coach well enough? No."

-The Titans (3-6) return to action on Sunday against the Jaguars (6-3), in Jacksonville. "It's about one game," Vrabel said. "It's about focusing on this week. It is not about our record, and things like that, because that's not going to help, that's not going to change. So, we have to change behavior. We've talked about the only day that matters is the test day. … Until we go out and show it (on Sunday), it's all that matters. So it is a great opportunity."

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