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Hot Topics From Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel's Monday Presser


NASHVILLE – Titans head coach Mike Vrabel held a press conference on Monday, one day after the team's 27-24 loss to the New York Jets.

Next up for the Titans is a game at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Here's a look at the hot topics from today's presser …

-Vrabel wasn't in the mood to hand out any compliments. "Nobody did well enough – the head coach, assistant coaches, the quarterback," Vrabel responded when asked to evaluate the play of the team's receivers in the contest. "We've been through this before. When you lose, we all have to do more, we all have to be better. I am confident that we will. So, we'll see who we have this week, we'll see who we have available this week and get them ready to go on the road to play a division team."

-Vrabel said a lot of factors contributed to the Titans allowing quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be sacked seven times in the contest. Vrabel mentioned the three processes to the passing game – it's about targets getting open, it's about protection, and it's about the quarterback getting rid of the ball quickly. "We need everybody to come together like we do when we have successful plays," Vrabel said. "Hopefully we can tie (good things) into the pass game and not get our quarterback hit and be able to make some plays there." Tannehill has been sacked 17 times in four games this season, and he's on pace to be sacked 72 times on the season. Vrabel said the Titans need to do a better job handling pressure, and he acknowledged there were times when Tannehill needed to get rid of the ball faster.

-Vrabel said he didn't consider going for two and the win at the end of regulation, after the Titans scored on a two-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to receiver Cameron Batson with 16 seconds left. The Titans instead opted to have kicker Randy Bullock kick the extra point to tie it at 24-24, and the Titans ended up losing in overtime.

-Vrabel said the Titans had their moments rushing Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, and he credited him for alluding pressure on some plays. In the end, the Titans sacked Wilson just once in the contest (Harold Landry). "There were times that we affected him," Vrabel said. "There were times when forced him out, couldn't tackle him. He made some plays down the field. And there were times where we affected him, and he didn't make plays down the field – he threw it short to receivers or overthrew receivers."

-Vrabel was asked about rookie cornerback Elijah Molden, who played just 13 of the game's 60 defensive snaps on Sunday. "I think we'll continue to look at Elijah and see how he fits, and see how he can help us," Vrabel said. "He did a nice job in there blitzing, so we'll have to make decisions based on game plans and based on who (other teams) have and what their style of play is, and see if he can help us."

-Vrabel he's hopeful the team can get running back Darrynton Evans on the practice field on Wednesday. Evans is currently on Injured Reserve.

-Vrabel, asked about the chance of receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown practicing this week, said "I think there's always a chance. I don't know whatever percentage you want to put on that ... (but) always a chance."

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