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Six Hot Topics from Mike Mularkey's Press Conference



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **Titans coach Mike Mularkey met with reporters on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team's 24-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.  

Here's a look at six hot topics:
Lewan day-to-day

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter against the Colts, and did not finish the game.
But the team got some good news after tests on Monday.
"(He) has a knee sprain," Mularkey said of Lewan. "He'll be evaluated and it's day-to-day, and he does have the possibility of playing this Sunday.
"If you watch the tape on it, it looks like it could be worse. We were nervous about it."
Also, tight end Phillip Supernaw is in the concussion protocol.
He'll also be evaluated "and I'll keep you updated on his progress."


Running back DeMarco Murray was stopped short on a fourth-and-one from the 19-yard-line late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, and the Colts then ran out the clock.
Mularkey watched the tape on Monday, and saw this:
"We need to block them a little better,'' he said. "We had hats on everybody, we just need to block them better at the point. I feel like we have one of the best backs in the league, if not the best back, that we can get a yard on fourth down.
"It was blocked well at the point. Other places it was not blocked."

Valentino Blake

Mularkey wasn't offering any free passes to cornerback Valentino Blake on Monday.
Blake fielded a punt at the team's two-yard line in Sunday's game when he leaped into a group of Colts.
"No punt should be fielded inside the 10-yard line by anybody,'' Mularkey said.  "Irrelevant of what he was supposed to do, no ball is supposed to be returned, or caught, inside the 10-yard line."
Blake was also involved in a fake punt later in the contest.
Blake took a handoff on the fake, and the play was designed for him to go outside. Mularkey said the play was "poorly executed."

Secondary switch?

Mularkey was quizzed about the play of cornerback Perrish Cox.
Cox was in a position to make a fourth down interception in the first half against the Colts, but the ball slipped through his hands and was caught by receiver T.Y. Hilton for a two-yard touchdown.
Cox said after the contest he's been bothered by a wrist injury, but Mularkey noted he had an interception the previous week against the Packers. Cox leads the Titans with three interceptions.
Mularkey was asked if there was any thought given to making an adjustment in the secondary.
"We are discussing that,'' he replied.

The Titans now stand at 5-6 after Sunday's loss, with five games to go.
In the locker room on Monday, receiver Rishard Matthews said the team's mindset is to go out and win five straight, starting with Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
"It's not unrealistic, I'll say that,'' Mularkey said. "Not with this team. This team believes in what we are doing.
"I said to them this morning: That's the beauty of the NFL, every one of these games is like whitewater rafting. Anybody that's every white-water rafted, I have done the Ocoee 15 times, and the ride has never been the same. It is a different ride every time you get on it. And that's what Sundays are to me in the NFL.
"Who knows what can happen in the next five games. The team that plays the most consistent is going to come out of this thing and be at the top. Is that nine wins? Is that 10 wins? I don't know. Right now, nobody knows what that is. I know this team feels like we have a very good opportunity ahead of us."

Murray/Henry snaps**

Murray played 70 of the team's 71 offensive snaps on Sunday, and rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries. He also caught three passes for nine yards.
Rookie Derrick Henry, meanwhile, played just three snaps against Indianapolis. He did not have a carry, or a catch.
Mularkey offered an explanation on Monday.
"A lot of it was predicated on the situation we were in," said Mularkey, referring to the early 21-0 deficit. "We put ourselves in hole there, and DeMarco I think is very good in pass protection, he is good obviously out of the backfield, throwing the ball (to him).
"We were in a little bit of a hurry-up mode there to try and get back a score to at least get into the game. So there was no game plan not to get Derrick in there. I'd like to get him in there. I know what he can do, but I also know what DeMarco is capable of doing in these games."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 action at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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