The Tennessee Titans stomped the Indianapolis Colts in a must-win game for both teams. With the win, the Titans reclaimed the top spot in the AFC South and sit at the third seed in the AFC.

Head coach Mike Vrabel held a day-after-game presser with the Nashville media. Here are some of the topics that were addressed.

DAVID LONG

The Tennessee Titans got a player back on the roster from the COVID list. Linebacker David Long came back at the perfect time for the Tennessee Titans, which lost linebacker Jayon Brown to injury last week in Baltimore.

Long had three tackles and a defended pass versus the Colts on Sunday.

“David will be a large part of what we’re doing moving forward,” Vrabel said, “It was good to see him back there. We are anticipating that he should have a great week of practice and help us against the Browns.”

Vrabel has made it clear several times that Long is a large part of the Titans’ future plans. What makes that statement interesting is that linebacker Jayon Brown is set to become a free agent this offseason.

WINNING BACK-TO-BACK ROAD GAMES

The Tennessee Titans will need to be road warriors if they want to solidify themselves a playoff spot. They are off to a great start so far.

They won in Baltimore in overtime versus the Ravens, then went into Indianapolis, a place that has given them nightmares for over a decade, and dominated the Colts.

Now, they head home to host the surprisingly-good Cleveland Browns. This game is huge for potential seeding tiebreakers and for the Titans’ chances to remain atop the AFC South.

“It’s about getting back and resetting,” Vrabel said, “Prepare for a new opponent, one that we don’t know too much about.”

“(Browns are) a talented team. Excellent running the football, and really good at both sides of the ball in the red zone. So there are a lot of things that we’re going to have to be prepared for and hopefully, we can build on some of the things we’ve done well for the last two weeks.”

KEVIN BYARD

As the defense slowly improves, Titans’ safety Kevin Byard has taken a step back. Byard was regarded as one of the best safeties in the NFL coming into the season.

In Sunday’s game, Byard was in the highlight reels but for the wrong reason. Colts tight end Trey Burton snagged a pass right over Byard’s head on the Colts’ first possession.

One of the common justifications for Byard is he is being asked to do different things than years past. Vrabel addressed that during the presser.

“He’s not being asked to do anything that we haven’t asked anybody on the rest of the defense,” Vrabel said, “Every year is different, every week is different. Sometimes you get the opportunities and you make the most of them, and then one game it might not happen.”

CONSISTENCY

Sometimes, a Mike Vrabel press conference has its funny moments. And, this one certainly had its moments.

Vrabel responded to a Joe Rexrode joke with an eye-roll and interrupted his question with a sarcastic comment on his offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Vrabel’s comments were on consistency. One week Smith, and others, are regarded as heroes. Then the next week, they are shamed for poor play-calling and execution.

“Three weeks ago Arthur (Smith) stunk,” Vrabel said, “We couldn’t gain any yards against Chicago. It just goes up and down. One week we’re going to stink and this guy sucks and then I suck.”

“We’re just trying to stay consistent as possible, continue to improve, and come together with a gameplan.”

Sarcastic comments aside, consistency has been one of the biggest issues for the Titans for several seasons. They are now winners of two in a row after going on a bit of a rough stretch the previous four weeks.

The Titans will hope to stay consistent this Sunday in a big game with the Cleveland Browns. The Tennessee Titans are 8-3, and are in control of their own destiny.

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