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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 13-10 win over the Denver Broncos.

Here's a look at six hot topics:


Running back tandem**

Running back DeMarco Murray ran for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos, while running back Derrick Henry added 42 yards on 12 more carries.

The two backs were part of a rushing attack that produced 180 yards of offense on the ground.

Mularkey said Murray appeared to have a little more bounce in his step after the bye week, when his sore toe had extra time to rest.

"I thought both he and Derrick both ran the ball well,'' Mularkey said. "We talked about (the Broncos (aren't) a team you can do a lot of bouncing (against). Even though he did a couple, most of it was going to be inside, trying to move the line of scrimmage.

"Our o-line I thought did an outstanding job of moving the line of scrimmage and then the backs helped by sticking it up in there. It was just a pile of bodies and it was going in the right direction for us."


Douglas block**

Titans receiver Harry Douglas has been the subject of some criticism for a low block against Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. in Sunday's game. The block prompted a physical response from fellow Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib on the ensuing play, which led to a sideline skirmish.

Douglas was not flagged on the play, and Mularkey said the cut block was perfectly legal.

"It was legal,'' Mularkey said. "I have been with Harry for six years, and Harry cuts just about every game. So I had no problem with it.

"We tell them to cut through the thigh. So if you aim at the thigh you are going to hit the knee, and if you aim at the knee you are probably going to whiff and miss and go down at the ankles. We want to aim at the thigh to get to the knees."


No TD**

Mularkey said officials informed him the whistle had blown on what appeared to be a 13-yard touchdown run by tight end Delanie Walker in the first half, so he couldn't challenge the play.

On the play in question, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota initially dropped the snap, and flipped it to Walker, who raced down the sideline. Walker appeared to stay inbounds, but the touchdown didn't count because officials blew the play dead and indicated he stepped out of bounds.

"So the play was over basically,'' Mularkey said. "I didn't hear the whistle and I didn't hear him signal anything until Delanie was in the end zone, so that was confusing to me.

"When they blew the whistle, the play was dead."

Walker was twice called for offensive pass interference in Sunday's game. Mularkey said the calls were correct, and said Walker needs to do a better job avoiding contact.


Wright down, McBride up**

Mularkey was asked about receiver Kendall Wright being inactive against the Broncos, one day after he was late to the facility and missed meetings.

"I think he understood the situation,'' Mularkey said of Wright. "He made a mistake and suffered the consequences for it. And I told him, once the game is over with and you've had to sit out that there's a clean slate moving forward and he understood that."

Second-year receiver Tre McBride was active for the first time this season. He made one of the biggest plays of the game when he downed Brett Kern's punt at the two-yard line in the closing minutes.

The Broncos were unable to move the ball at a fast pace, and the Titans quashed the drive when Avery Williamson forced a fumble, and Daimion Stafford recovered it.

"It was a great play by him," Mularkey said of McBride. "He made two on special teams. He has a role when he is up, and it was nice to see."


Cornerback praise**

Mularkey praised cornerbacks LeShaun Sims and Valentino Blake for their play against the Broncos.

"I think they played pretty well," Mularkey said. "They made some plays, made some big plays."

Sims made a pair of big plays in the red zone during a Denver drive that was stopped early in the fourth quarter. Blake also made back-to-back big plays, including one when he got the ball out on a pass across the middle.
Blake played 60 snaps for the Titans, while Sims played 27.

"Some of the coverages helped, that we had not played,'' Mularkey said. "There's no doubt it is going to help (their confidence), it can't do anything else, especially against receivers like that. We have more coming just as dangerous. But that certainly helped."


Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey will be day-to-day with the sprained foot he suffered against the Bears on November 27. He worked out prior to Sunday's game with the Broncos, but didn't play.

Linebacker Sean Spence suffered an ankle sprain and defensive lineman Karl Klug suffered a strained Achilles tendon vs. the Broncos, and both players will likely miss Wednesday's practice.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Denver Broncos in Week 14 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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