2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Titans stingy on defense everywhere except run

By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-11-07 17:29

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have a few holes in their otherwise very stingy defense, and lately opponents have been running right through them.

The Titans rank ninth in points allowed per game and seventh defending the pass. But a unit that started off this season giving up very few yards on the ground now is among the worst in the NFL at 27 overall, having given up more yards rushing in the past four games than the week before.

Coach Mike Munchak said the Titans (4-4) have to tackle better and improve against running quarterbacks.

''That's probably the thing that has hurt us more the last two or three weeks, the quarterback running the football,'' Munchak said. ''That's kind of kept drives alive, which has made it harder for us. It's right there. It's all fixable. It's something we could do very easily. We've done it this year. We've just got to do a better job of swarming and tackling and getting them on the ground.

The Titans allowed only 32 yards rushing in their season opener at Pittsburgh. When they held the Jets to 91 yards rushing, they were tied for 10th against the run a month into the season.

Then they started a stretch against teams with mobile quarterbacks and gave up 120 yards rushing to the Chiefs with Jamaal Charles running for 108. Russell Wilson ran for 77 of Seattle's 151 yards, Colin Kaepernick scampered for 68 and a touchdown as San Francisco racked up 153 yards.

The Titans gave up a season-high 160 yards rushing in last week's 28-21 win at St. Louis with even Kellen Clemons breaking loose for a 16-yard gain. Rookie Zac Stacy ran for 127 yards, the most the Titans have allowed to a player this season.

Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Thursday the Titans need to pay attention to detail. He also counted three missed tackles on Stacy's 32-yard run. Take away that run and Clemens' scramble, Gray said the Titans would have given up approximately 3.5 yards per carry and 112 yards on 32 carries.

''We'd have been happy with that,'' Gray said.

The result has the Titans giving up 122.5 yards rushing per game. Tennessee plays the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) on Sunday, and Maurice Jones-Drew has run for 466 yards in his last three games in Nashville. Jones-Drew has been working his way back from a foot injury but had a season-high 70 yards rushing last week.

Defensive end Derrick Morgan said they worked on stopping the run in practice Wednesday and know that they have to do just that if they want to be successful. They also know what will happen to them if they're not ready to gang tackle Jones-Drew.

''He has an attitude about it to where he's not going to be denied,'' Morgan said. ''That's the type of attitude he has when he runs the ball. He's not going to go out of bounds when he gets chance. That's what we're dealing with this week.''

Safety Bernard Pollard said the Titans haven't clicked well even in games when they knew what the opponents would do to them like the 49ers with their read option. He sees the Jaguars wanting to run at least 30 times and rested coming off a bye week providing a good test.

''This is right here is where you set the tone for the playoffs,'' Pollard said.

Notes: RT David Stewart (shoulder) missed another practice Thursday. The Titans will see what he can do Friday, though Munchak said playing the Colts on Nov. 14 could weigh into the decision whether to try hold Stewart another week. ... LB Moise Fokou (left knee) took part in individual drills for the first time since getting hurt Oct. 13 in Seattle. CB Tommie Campbell (shoulder) missed a second straight practice.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Arian FosterSep 23 12:43p

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring), who is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, is unsure if he'll be able to return in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. RB [ More ]

Deonte ThompsonSep 23 12:43p

The Baltimore Ravens re-signed WR Deonte Thompson Tuesday, Sept. 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

James HarrisonSep 23 12:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (wrist) had surgery to fix his dislocated wrist Tuesday, Sept. 23, and he'll miss at least eight weeks. LB Arthur Moats is expected to [ More ]

Brandon MarshallSep 23 12:33p

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was held to just one catch for six yards in the team's Week 3 win over the New York Jets Monday, Sept. 22. [ More ]

Martellus BennettSep 23 12:33p

Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett had five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 3 win against the New York Jets Monday, Sept. 22. He leads [ More ]

Mike TolbertSep 23 12:33p

Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (leg) was placed on Active/Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 23.

D.J. SmithSep 23 12:33p

The Carolina Panthers signed D.J. Smith (Texans) to the active roster Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Eric BerrySep 23 12:33p

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to a league source. Berry suffered the injury in Week 2 and sat out [ More ]

Kellen DavisSep 23 11:53a

The Baltimore Ravens are working out TEs Emmanuel Ogbuehi, Jake Murphy, Matt Mulligan and Kellen Davis. Dennis Pitta (hip) is headed to the Reserve/Injured list.

James HarrisonSep 23 10:23a

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) to an undisclosed deal.

Eric DeckerSep 23 10:23a

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) said he didn't re-injure his hamstring Monday, Sept. 22, but it just wouldn't loosen up. He said he pulled himself from the [ More ]

Denard RobinsonSep 23 09:33a

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson will start to receive more targets in the near future. He had eight carries for 33 yards in Week 3. 'I think that Denard [ More ]

Jonathan StewartSep 23 09:13a

Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) could miss a month due to his sprained knee, in the opinion of beat writer Joseph Person.

Sherrod MartinSep 23 09:03a

The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed free-agent SS Sherrod Martin to an undisclosed deal.

Manti Te'oSep 23 08:33a

San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o (foot) will miss several weeks due to a fractured foot. He won't be placed on Injured Reserve, but he'll miss multiple weeks. The [ More ]

Bishop SankeySep 23 08:23a

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey's footwork is still an issue of concern to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, despite Sankey's 10-carry, 60-yard performance in Week 3.

Josh BynesSep 23 06:33a

Free-agent LB Josh Bynes (Ravens), who was cut from the team but brought to the practice squad at the start of September, will sign with the Detroit Lions within [ More ]

Marion GriceSep 23 06:23a

The Arizona Cardinals signed RB Marion Grice to a two-year contract Monday, Sept. 22, financial terms of which were not disclosed. Grice had been on the San Diego Chargers' practice squad.

Marcus EasleySep 23 06:23a

Updating a previous item, Buffalo Bills WR Marcus Easley (knee) suffered a sprained MCL and could be out 4-6 weeks. The team has not used its injured reserve/designated to [ More ]

DeAngelo HallSep 23 06:13a

Washington Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland, the team's fourth-round draft pick this year, could see more time on the field in the wake of the injury to CB DeAngelo Hall (Achilles').

Brandon MarshallSep 22 10:33p

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was back on the field in the second half after leaving the team's Week 3 contest Monday, Sept. 22, with an ankle injury.

EJ ManuelSep 22 09:33p

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel struggled with deeper passes in Week 3, completing just three of his 12 attempts. He didn't have a completion for more than 16 yards. [ More ]

Kam ChancellorSep 22 07:33p

Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (knee) considered ankle surgery after Week 2, according to a source. Chancellor is dealing with bone spurs in his ankle, and he would have [ More ]

Alshon JefferySep 22 07:21p

Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (ankle) are both active for the Week 3 game against the New York Jets. Both were questionable for the game.

Brandon MarshallSep 22 07:13p

Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (ankle) are both active for the Week 3 game against the New York Jets. Both were questionable for the game.

Eric DeckerSep 22 07:13p

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) is active for the team's Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Sept. 22.

A.J. EddsSep 22 07:13p

The New York Jets have declared LB A.J. Edds, OG Ben Ijalana, OL Dakota Dozier, CB Dee Milliner, DE IK Enemkpali, DL T.J. Barnes, WR Walter Powell inactive for Week 3.

Ryan ShazierSep 22 07:02p

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier's (knee) medial collateral ligament sprain isn't expected to be season-ending. Shazier was walking around with his right leg in a brace Monday, Sept. 22.

Keenan RobinsonSep 22 06:53p

Washington Redskins DE Chris Baker (ankle, hip), DE Kedric Golston (groin), DE Jason Hatcher (hamstring), LB Akeem Jordan (knee), DE Frank Kearse (ankle), OG Shawn Lauvao (knee), C Kory [ More ]

Ike TaylorSep 22 06:53p

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor (forearm) underwent surgery to fix his broken right forearm Monday, Sept. 22, and he is expected to be out six weeks.

Mike CatapanoSep 22 06:33p

The Kansas City Chiefs transferred DE Mike Catapano (undisclosed) from the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list to the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Sept. 22.

Eric DeckerSep 22 06:23p

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) said he felt good while working out before the game and expects to play in Week 3.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group