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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 34-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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

-Rookie quarterback Will Lewis completed 13-of-17 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars, with a 143.8 rating. Most of his success, however, came after halftime, when the game was out of reach. Vrabel said he's seeing improvement from Levis, along with some areas where he needs to improve. "There were a couple of decisions there that we can't make," Vrabel said of Levis. "But the ability to throw the ball down the field has been a positive. The decision-making has been pretty good. But it's a process, and each week is different. But we'll have to come back and continue to improve at the quarterback position, and everywhere else." In four starts, Levis has thrown for 857 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions, with an 89.4 rating.

-Vrabel was asked about the team's culture at 3-7, with losses in 14 of the past 17 games dating back to last season. "I don't think that we have bad culture," Vrabel said. "We've lost. … We are busting our ass, we try to block extra points. … You can judge some of that on the effort (and guys are competing). … I am confident we are going to fight and we are going to compete. We just didn't win. Jacksonville is a better football team – they're better coached and they have a better team right now."

-Vrabel said he has no plans to make any changes to his coaching staff right now. "I know what we are coaching, and know what we're teaching," said Vrabel, while pointing to his own experience as a player. "We're going to continue to find ways to help our players, and demand they play with great effort, and improve our details, improve our fundamentals, because I know what works."

-Vrabel said it was a "coach's decision" to play Tre Avery in place of Kristian Fulton during Sunday's game. The players split time in the contest, with Fulton playing 43 snaps, and Avery playing 26. "I felt like it needed to be better," Vrabel said. "And we've had a conversation, and I'll keep that between (Kristian) and I. We have to move on to this week. Getting beat is one thing. We just have to make sure we are executing the call and the scheme. Corners are going to get beat … so that wasn't the reason we put Tre in there. There were some other reasons that Kristian and I talked about."

-Vrabel said cornerback Roger McCreary, who was flagged twice for DPI and also gave up a deep ball, "challenges" and he's "competitive." Vrabel said, "Roger is not without fault, but he's competitive and he tries to challenge. … We all need to be better."

-Vrabel said center Aaron Brewer "has played some good football for us" while acknowledging "we'll have to clean it up" in regard to some of his high snaps. Vrabel said he doesn't anticipate making a change at the position. "He'll continue to work on it," Vrabel said.

-Vrabel said receiver Treylon Burks and tackle Andre Dillard remain in concussion protocol. "When the trainers and the doctors say they're on to their next step, then they'll practice," Vrabel said. "I don't know where that is right now, other than to say today they wouldn't have been able to practice and tomorrow could potentially be something different as they progress through."

-Vrabel said right tackle Chris Hubbard is going to miss some time with his elbow injury, which means rookie Jaelyn Duncan is in line to work in his place.

-Vrabel said cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who had surgery on his thumb earlier this month, is "trending more positively" in his return to play. Murphy-Bunting practiced last week on a limited basis, but he didn't play against the Jaguars.

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