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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 at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after his team's 35-10 loss to the Eagles.

Here's a look at the hot topics from today's presser as the Titans turn their attention to Sunday's game vs the Jacksonville Jaguars:

-Vrabel said the Titans need to figure out a way to play their best football down the stretch. "We've always gone with the direction of playing our best football late, and improving," Vrabel said. "And we have to find ways to do that. There is no one answer, and it is not about one particular player, one particular side of the football. And, obviously coaching. We all have to be better."

-Asked of lineup changes are potentially on the table, Vrabel said: "I think we'll look at everything."

-Vrabel mentioned the possibility of receiver Racey McMath and defensive back Josh Thompson returning to practice this week. Both players are currently on Injured Reserve. "Racey has been working hard to try and get back," Vrabel said. "We'll see where those guys are this week and what we can do with them." Vrabel said the challenge for the Titans and McMath is, if he does return practice this week, to make sure he's recovered from his hip injury, and that his volume of work won't aggravate the injury or lead to other ones, especially other soft tissue injuries.

-Vrabel said receiver Kyle Philips continues to rehab his hamstring injury while giving no indication he's on the verge of returning.

-A day after Dennis Daley struggled in Philadelphia, Vrabel mentioned Le'Raven Clark potentially competing for the left tackle spot. Clark finished the game at left tackle when the Titans pulled their starters. Vrabel said Daley performed well on some of his snaps, but acknowledged he got beat inside and said that can't happen. "When you play that position, there's some things that are glaring when you get beat," Vrabel said. "(Dennis) is going to work hard, and Le'Raven is going to have a chance to compete."

-Vrabel said the Titans are going to need to find ways to create some space for running back Derrick Henry, who gained just 30 yards on 11 carries against the Eagles. "He has to help us find that space," Vrabel said of Henry, "and so does the line, and so does the scheme. It is all connected, and trust me, we're working hard to try to figure it out and try and get him going and get our offense going."

-Vrabel said receiver Treylon Burks, who suffered a concussion early on Sunday's game, "feeling well" and "we'll see how he progresses through the week."

-Vrabel said it was "utterly ridiculous" for the Titans be penalizes on field goals attempts in back-to-back games, especially on "safe block" calls.

-Vrabel, when discussing the issues on punt coverage, said "we only thought that three of (Ryan Stonehouse's) seven punts were of adequate hang time. "When we choose to bang it down the field, which we feel is a strength of Stoney's, Stoney has to do his part," Vrabel said. "We could (also) cover better."

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