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Hot Topics From Titans HC Mike Vrabel's Monday Presser


NASHVILLE – The Titans dominated the Los Angeles Rams in a 28-16 win at SoFi Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

On Monday, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel talked reporters at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Here's a look at the hot topics from the presser, as the Titans will now turn their attention to the New Orleans Saints, who visit Nissan Stadium on Sunday.

-Vrabel said he sees room for improvement in the running game after the Titans rushed for 69 yards on Sunday night. Adrian Peterson finished the game with 21 rushing yards and a one-yard touchdown run on 10 carries in his Titans debut, while running backs D'Onta Foreman (five carries for 29 yards) and Jeremy McNichols (seven times for 24 yards) also contributed. "Had some good strong runs, and probably a couple of cuts in there that he would like to have back," Vrabel said of Peterson. "And I'm sure there's a couple of blocks that we'd like to have back that need to be better. All three of those guys played a role in the game, made some plays, that helped us win." Vrabel believes Peterson will continue to improve as he gets used to a new system, with new terminology, and new blockers in front of him. 

-Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons racked up three sacks on Sunday, and it pleased his head coach. But Vrabel said Simmons never fails to make him happy. "He is just a great guy to be around," Vrabel said of Simmons. "I love seeing him every morning. We would miss him if we came to work and he wasn't here one day, just his attitude and his demeanor, his leadership, and obviously the production."

-The Titans returned to Nashville Monday afternoon after spending the night in Los Angeles. Vrabel said the coaches watched film of the Rams game last night, and then turned their attention to the Saints on the plane ride home. "Our video department had laptops available for everybody with the Saints stuff on there," Vrabel said. "This is a lot of work, and I'm conscious of how much work went into being able to give us the Rams game and being able to give us the Saints stuff and having that all loaded up to laptops for us to watch on the way home. So, I appreciate (Directoe of Football Technology) Anthony Pastrana and everybody in his department as well."

-Vrabel offered praise for defensive back Chris Jackson, who was credited with seven tackles and a pass defensed against the Rams. "He is battling, and I appreciate Chris," Vrabel said of Jackson. "He has done a nice job for us, and he'll continue to improve in the slot, and he's done some nice things outside. His ability to come up and tackle was really good. He's just a guy who had a good offseason for us and hopefully he'll continue to bring some stability. He has some versatility to play inside and outside as well."

-Vrabel said linebacker Jayon Brown did OK in his return to action. Brown, taken off Injured Reserve on Saturday, tallied seven tackles against the Rams. "I'm sure he'll be sore," Vrabel said of Brown. "His first game back, I thought it was OK. He'll continue to improve, and it was a good place to get him back."

-Vrabel did not provide an update on linebacker David Long Jr., who left Sunday's game early.

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