Six hot topics from Mike Mularkey's press conference yesterday. He offered up a critique of Marcus Mariota, but the article makes it seem like more of a critique on Wright and Matthews more than anything. Mularkey did say that Mariota shouldn't throw the ball across his body though. I think we can all agree on that. Mularkey was asked what he thought about PFF stating Lewan and Conklin haven't allowed a sack or a QB hit all season. Mularkey said that seems accurate to him, and he'd like for that to keep going. He was asked about Andrews' hit on Poyer, and he said he felt it was a clean hit. Mularkey is hopeful that Wright will sustain this success moving forward. He was asked for his thoughts on the Texans vs Colts game, and he said he watched to the end of it. On injuries: he said the Titans didn't suffer any significant injuries on Sunday.
Quick Hit: Anatomy of Kendall Wright's diving TD catch.
Six things that stood out on Sunday's game. Wright made a significant impact, and I would absolutely love it if we saw more of that. Mariota was throwing that ball deep on Sunday. He was 4-4 on passes that went 20 yards or more. Brett Kern's punting was on point, and pinned the Browns' offense deep several times. I think most of us were expecting a big game out of Walker, but the other Tight Ends (Fasano and Supernaw) were the ones that came up big. The Titans never trailed on Sunday, and they were able to close the deal. Finally, it was great to see the crowd getting into it. The fans showed up and made a lot of noise on Sunday, and the players were very appreciative of that.
PK says the Titans are finally relevant in a weak division. The Titans improved to 3-3 on Sunday, and reached the .500 mark. This is big for this team. The team knows there is still a lot of work to do, but the team still has a growing confidence about them, and are beginning to believe more than they did in 2014 and 2015. Walker says many fans of opposing teams travel to Nissan stadium because they feel the Titans are a "gimme win." He says that is the mindset they have to change, and he feels people are starting to realize they are a physical team, and they may not win. Please beat the Colts. Please. I beg of you.
John Glennon says Mariota must weigh risk versus reward. Mariota put together his best performance on Sunday, but still managed to commit a turnover. Mariota threw an interception while scrambling out of the pocket, and threw the ball across his body to Kendall Wright. Mularkey said that Mariota has completed those kinds of passes before in the past, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily a wise decision to attempt them. Mularkey says it is just best to throw it away, and live for another down. Mariota himself acknowledged he was trying to do too much. Think twice, Marcus!
That's all for today. Happy reading!