Following the Tennessee Titans’ win over the Chicago Bears, head coach Mike Vrabel held a day-after-game press conference with the Nashville media.
The Titans defeated the Chicago Bears 24-17 in a game that defensive play shined for Tennessee. The Titans held the Bears to 2-for-15 on third down attempts, and held them scoreless for most of the game.
Here are some of the topics Vrabel addressed.
Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans are 6-2 at midseason, first in the AFC South, and hold an opportunity to gain a firm lead in the division with two of their next three versus the trailing Indianapolis Colts.
Vrabel believes the Titans have set themselves up well heading into the second half.
“I think we put ourselves into position to play a lot of meaningful football games,” Vrabel said, “It’s a short turnaround to a division opponent who’s playing really good football.”
The Titans battle the Colts on Thursday Night Football, with a chance to widen their AFC South lead over Indianapolis with a win.
VRABEL NOT PLEASED
Despite winning the game on Sunday, Vrabel was not pleased with the way the Tennessee Titans finished the game.
The Titans had a 24-3 lead over the Bears, but managed to only win by seven. Nick Foles was able to carve through Tennessee’s defense toward the end of the game. The Bears brought the game to within one score, but failed to get the onside kick.
“We want to be able to control football games,” Vrabel said, “We were in position to do that, but then that kind of slipped away a little bit. I think you just want to finish games pretty much in the same manner as you played most of it.”
ADOREE JACKSON JADEVEON CLOWNEY AND ROGER SAFFOLD
The Tennessee Titans are anxiously waiting on the return of defensive back Adoree Jackson. Jackson has missed the entire season so far with a knee injury.
After trading for defensive back Desmond King, who played a good game in Sunday’s win, Titans fans are ready to see the secondary with Malcolm Butler, King, and Jackson.
As always, though, Vrabel provided the same update he’s always provided since the Adoree-saga began.
“The plan is to evaluate him and see if we feel like and he feels like he can play football,” Vrabel said, “That’s what the plan is, is to try and evaluate him here and make a decision on Wednesday.”
The window to activate Adoree Jackson to the active roster closes on Wednesday. The Titans could possibly activate him and not play him.
Vrabel said they will “see how it goes this week” when it comes to defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s availability for Thursday. It was reported that Clowney is dealing with a knee injury and could require surgery.
From @gmfb Weekend: Jadeveon Clowney is dealing with meniscus issue in his knee, sources tell me. All options, including surgery, are on the table for the #Titans‘ edge rusher. He’s questionable for tomorrow vs. the #Bears, as he’s been trying to battle through the issue. pic.twitter.com/U5UA5xjnTm
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 7, 2020
As for Rodger Saffold, this is the second consecutive game he has left due to an injury. When asked if he had any update on Saffold, Vrabel replied with one word.
Losing Saffold would hurt the Titans offensive line, which has already lost Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan for the season. Saffold was listed as a “limited participant” in Monday’s practice report.
We should be getting clarity on these players very soon as Thursday Night Football looms.
RYAN ALLEN AND MATT OVERTON
The Tennessee Titans made a flurry of moves on Saturday. Two of them were replacing punter Brett Kern and long snapper Beau Brinkley.
Their replacements, punter Ryan Allen and long snapper Matt Overton, played on Sunday versus the Bears and looked good. Allen had a few great punts, even when he was pinned back into his own end zone.
Allen had a lot of heat coming at him in Sunday’s game. The Bears sent a lot of pressure up the middle and nearly got a few blocked punts, but Allen did a remarkable job getting the ball down field.
Vrabel commented on Allen’s good play despite having short notice and a lot of pressure on him.
“We had Ryan (Allen) come in there on a one day notice workout and go and kick and be able to hold,” Vrabel said, “We gotta protect him better, but we’ll see, by putting some work in this week, if that can improve.”
KEYS TO VICTORY VERSUS INDIANAPOLIS
All eyes will be on Nashville this Thursday, as the Tennessee Titans host the Indianapolis Colts in a midseason game with a chance to take a commanding divisional lead.
The Titans are 6-2 after their win on Sunday. The Colt are 5-3 following their loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
This game could drastically affect the Titans chances of hosting a playoff game this postseason.Vrabel stressed one important key to the game to help them beat Indianapolis this week.
“It’s always important to take care of the football,” Vrabel said, “You see the difference it makes when we’re able to turn the football over like we did yesterday.”
Aside from that, Vrabel commended the Colts’ staff, and is looking ahead to a tough yet extremely pivotal divisional matchup.
“They play extremely hard,” Vrabel said, “I have a lot of respect for Frank (Reich) and his staff and his players.”
“This will be a great challenge for us, and something that we’re excited to get ready for.”
The Tennessee Titans will hope to repeat Sunday’s performance on Thursday. A Titans win would move them to 7-2, 3-0 in the AFC South, and put them in the drivers seat for a top-four playoff seed.
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