Former Broncos coach Joseph set to interview for Bengals job
CINCINNATI (AP) — Former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph will interview for Cincinnati's job this week as the Bengals begin their search for Marvin Lewis' replacement.
Joseph will be in Cincinnati on Thursday and Friday to talk to owner Mike Brown and members of the front office. The Bengals' familiarity with Joseph works in his favor. Joseph was the defensive backs coach under Lewis in 2014-15.
Titans Preview Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
New faces: Coach Mike Vrabel, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, CB Malcolm Butler, RB Dion Lewis, G Kevin Pamphile, QB Blaine Gabbert, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, LB Will Compton, DL Bennie Logan, LB Rashaan Evans, LB Harold Landry, S Kendrick Lewis, S Kenny Vaccaro.
Titans Training Camp Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Nashville, Tennessee
LAST YEAR: Titans swept Jacksonville but missed AFC South title after losing three straight in December. Winning first postseason game in 14 years with amazing comeback in Kansas City didn't save coach Mike Mularkey, not when he stuck with OC Terry Robiskie following ugly rout in New England.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — All-Pro safety Kevin Byard believes it doesn't get much better for he and his Titans teammates: First learning from defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and now Dean Pees.
"Just having two legends as coaches on the defense, man, I was blessed," Byard said.
Dick LeBeau vs Bill Belichick meet in rare playoff battle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dick LeBeau vs. Bill Belichick.
Doesn't get much better than that for NFL fans. Tennessee linebacker Wesley Woodyard believes the rare matchup is a showdown for the ages.
"Oh man, it's going to be a battle of the masterminds," Woodyard said when the Titans defensive coordinator tries to outwit Belichick and his New England Patriots.
Jon Gruden will be introduced as the Raiders' next head coach on Tuesday, per multiple reports.
"I'm in Kansas City freezing my (butt) off. I have not heard that," Gruden told the Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald over the phone Friday. "I expect to hear something soon. I'm getting ready to go meet (Titans defensive coordinator) Dick LeBeau."
Gruden is in Kansas City to call Saturday's AFC wild-card game between the Chiefs and Titans for ESPN.
1. On their opening drive, the Steelers covered 75 yards on six plays and scored a touchdown on Ben Roethlisberger's 41-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone.
If it looked like the Steelers were going to toy with Tennessee, think again. This was a Dick LeBeau-coached defense against a Todd Haley-coached offense, and it quickly became clear who had the upper hand in that coordinator matchup.
Some day, the Steelers could talk about playing the Tennessee Titans on a Thursday night as the breakthrough game of a Super season.
That storyline inevitably will turn toward Ben Roethlisberger's halftime challenge of an underachieving offense that had struggled to convert on third downs, in the red zone or put 30 points on the scoreboard.
To take nothing away from the narrative of Big Ben's outspoken show of leadership in the locker room, it wasn't so much about what he said as what followed.
Dick LeBeau returning with Titans to coach against Steelers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dick LeBeau is more than happy to talk about the challenge of defending Ben Roethlisberger and the high-powered Steelers.
The 80-year-old coaching legend will even joke about never having been to the visitors' locker room at Heinz Field before.
The emotions of returning to Pittsburgh to coach against the Steelers (7-2) where he spent 16 seasons over two stints?
Titans safety finally shows off his ball-hawking skills
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Tennessee safety Kevin Byard keeps picking off passes at this rate, maybe announcers will figure out how to say his name correctly.
The last time the Cubs began postseason play, it ended with them snapping the greatest drought in professional sports. So with Joe Maddon's club beginning its 2017 postseason Friday night, we'll dedicate our second Week 5 six-pack to droughts we foresee ending this weekend.
1. The Dolphins haven't scored a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games dating back to last season, and Adam Gase's offense has totaled two touchdowns in the first three games in 2017. Woof.
Titans eager to prove giving up 57 points was an aberration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is not someone to sweep a poor performance under the rug or ignore any issues.
Though it would be hard for anyone to ignore giving up 57 points in one of the worst defensive performances in franchise history. That one left a mark.
A still smarting LeBeau promised Thursday the Titans will be much better than that starting Sunday in Miami.
"That's not us," LeBeau said. "We're going to prove that's not us."
Years of study no help for Seattle against LeBeau, Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pete Carroll has been studying Dick LeBeau since he went into coaching himself, and now the Seattle head coach finds himself facing off again against the defensive coordinator now with the Tennessee Titans.
Carroll knows one thing for sure. All that study won't help his Seahawks come Sunday.
Dick LeBeau focusing on work as Titans coordinator turns 80
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dick LeBeau used to look forward to his birthday coinciding with the start of a brand new football season. Now he's practicing a version of new math, adding 30 and 50 to get his age.
This time around, he celebrates the big day of turning 80 on Saturday with meetings before the Tennessee Titans' season opener against the Oakland Raiders.
Dick LeBeau keeping Titans’ safeties fresh with rotation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rotating defensive linemen or even outside linebackers to keep players fresh to rush the quarterback is nothing new in the NFL.
The Tennessee Titans have extended the practice and are alternating four players at the two safety positions.
The rotation includes listed starters Da'Norris Searcy and Rashad Johnson, plus special teams captain Daimion Stafford and rookie third-round pick Kevin Byard.
Titans ready for challenge of slowing down Raiders’ offense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans don't need to look at the NFL rankings to know just how productive the Oakland Raiders have been through the first two games.
They can turn to video to see Derek Carr throwing down the field to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper or Latavius Murray running away from defenders to know the challenge they face Sunday.
"Obviously, these guys in the first two weeks are the best," Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said Thursday.
Tennessee Titans Preview Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (3-13)
New faces: RB DeMarco Murray, RB Derrick Henry, QB Matt Cassel, C Ben Jones, RT Jack Conklin, WR Rishard Matthews, WR Andre Johnson, WR Tajae Sharpe, CB Brice McCain, CB Antwon Blake, S Rashad Johnson, LB Kevin Dodd, GM Jon Robinson, coach Mike Mularkey, offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, OL coach Russ Grimm, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, special teams coordinator Bobby April.
Big plays allowed by Titans defense has coach’s attention
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is throwing the ball effectively. DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry are running so well that fans already are tossing out nickname possibilities on social media, even if it just preseason.
Defensively, the Titans have a few issues they need to clean up.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Mike Mularkey warned the Tennessee Titans' 10 draft picks.
They better study hard because he planned to call on them during a team meeting the next day to test their knowledge of the playbook and didn't want any rookie embarrassed.
Sure enough, Mularkey brought the rookies in front of their teammates where he pulled a surprise by asking them to spell instead of questions about pass protections and quarterback blitzes.