CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Half of Clemson's talented defensive front four participated in the Tigers pro day Thursday before evaluators from all 32 NFL teams.
Titans promote tight ends assistant to offensive coordinator
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel has stayed inside the Tennessee Titans' organization for his new offensive coordinator, promoting tight ends assistant Arthur Smith to the job vacated when Matt LaFleur left for the Green Bay Packers' head coaching job.
Vrabel announced the promotion Monday, saying he's excited for both Smith and the Titans to promote a "deserving coach."
Titans hire Boston College’s Piraino as head strength coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired Frank Piraino away from Boston College as their new strength and conditioning coach.
Titans’ season ends shy of postseason with Mariota sidelined
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans had everything they needed to cap coach Mike Vrabel's debut season with a second straight playoff berth.
Except a healthy quarterback.
Marcus Mariota watched from the sideline as Blaine Gabbert was intercepted twice in the final 9:05 Sunday night in a 33-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that snapped the Titans' four-game winning streak and ended their season.
Titans list QB Marcus Mariota as questionable against Colts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota officially is questionable for Tennessee's regular season finale against Indianapolis with a playoff berth on the kube.
No glamour teams in prime time as season concludes Sunday
The 2018 regular season will conclude in Music City on Sunday night, where the Colts and Titans will play for a wild-card playoff berth. Or maybe more.
The winner between these 9-6 teams makes the playoffs. Should Houston (10-5) fall at home to Jacksonville (5-10), the Indianapolis-Tennessee victor earns the AFC South title.
That's why two of the NFL's more interesting but less glamorous teams were flexed to prime time.
Marcus Mariota limited in return to practice for Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has returned to practice and hopes to recover from his latest injury in time to start against the Indianapolis Colts.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota knocked out of game vs. Redskins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is hurt again, not that Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel is saying just yet just how bad his quarterback is injured.
Titans will be without tight end, right tackle vs Giants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will be without both their starting tight end and right tackle against the New York Giants.
They could be out longer, but for now, Sunday's road trip to New York is the only game that matters.
Titans can rest up after winning 2 of 3 games in 11-day span
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel asked his Tennessee Titans to play physical in their third game in 11 days. With Derrick Henry leading the way with a handful of rushing records, they did just that with a big victory to stay in the AFC playoff chase.
Now they get a weekend to rest before their final road trip of the season, and then another short week.
Titans’ Mike Vrabel going with hot hand on offensive line
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel may go with who has the hot-hand when it comes to Tennessee's offensive line — whoever that might be.
Who plays is not etched in stone.
So even though changes in the offensive line may have jump-started a comeback victory against the New York Jets that kept the Titans' playoff hopes alive for another week, there may be more tweaks on the horizon.
Titans shake off ugly start, rally to edge Jets 26-22
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans could not have started much uglier.
They sure showed they can finish.
Mariota threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left, and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday.
Titans CB Malcolm Butler cleared from concussion protocol
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee cornerback Malcolm Butler has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and is expected to play Sunday when the Titans host the New York Jets.
Butler suffered a stinger in Monday night's 34-17 loss to the Houston Texans, and he was limited on Wednesday and Thursday while in the concussion protocol. Butler practiced fully Friday.
"Malcolm cleared protocol, so he should be available," coach Mike Vrabel said after practice.
Titans coordinator Dean Pees working through medical issue
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees says nothing can be done until the end of the season about the undisclosed medical issue that sent him from the coaches' box during a game to an Indianapolis hospital.
"I tell the players to suck it up, I got to suck it up," Pees said Thursday.
Not that simple: Titans focus on trying to win a game
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Titans' playoff hopes are slim at best after losing five of their last seven games. So Tennessee's focus for December is simple. And desperate.
"Try to find a way to win a game. Put our full focus on the Jets," first-year head coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday.
Failed 4th down turns tide in Titans’ 34-17 loss to Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — The Tennessee Titans were down by four with the ball on the 3-yard line in the second quarter Monday night against the Houston Texans when coach Mike Vrabel chose to go for it on fourth-and-inches.
Tight end Luke Stocker took the handoff and was immediately met by Zach Cunningham and Bernardrick McKinney and stopped for no gain. Lamar Miller ran 97 yards for a touchdown on the next play to make it 21-10, and the Texans went on to a 34-17 win.
Titans QB Mariota practices, likely to start against Texans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota fully participated in Friday's practice and is expected to start Monday night's road game against the AFC South-leading Houston Texans.
Woodyard leading Titans in tackles in his 11th NFL season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Woodyard laughs when asked if the 32-year-old linebacker has found a fountain of youth.
Coming off a career-high 172 tackles, Woodyard once again is leading the Tennessee Titans in tackles despite missing two starts and nearly three full games with an injured shoulder.
Titans hope Mariota plays vs Texans; Pees to return to work
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans need the extra day off before their next game both to allow injuries to heal and figure out what went wrong in their worst loss this season.
Loss of Pees, Mariota complicate Titans’ tough Luck day
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel grabbed the headset and adjusted to calling the defensive plays as quickly as he could Sunday.
Andrew Luck kept the Titans off-balance the rest of the afternoon.
On a day quarterback Marcus Mariota left with an injured right elbow, the biggest question coming out the game was the health of defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who was taken to a nearby hospital during the first quarter.
Titans keep opposing QBs guessing with defensive changes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Figuring out where the Titans are coming from defensively requires a lot of film study, and that might not even be enough to solve the riddle.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees has consistently changed where players line up and seems to be constantly switching their responsibilities.
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard said it's easy to see on game tape just how much Tennessee is confusing opponents.
Titans waive fullback, sign RB Dawkins off practice squad
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have signed running back Dalyn Dawkins off their practice squad with David Fluellen out at least against Indianapolis with an injured knee.
To clear space, the Titans waived fullback Jalston Fowler. They also signed defensive back Mike Jordan to the practice squad.
Vrabel’s Titans rout New England 34-10, snap Pats’ streaks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume.
The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn't finish his 300th game by hitting him over and over again.
The Titans sacked Brady three times and hit him six more times as they beat New England 34-10 Sunday, snapping a seven-game skid against the Patriots in Mike Vrabel's first game as head coach against the team he helped win three Super Bowls.
Vrabel gets 1st crack coaching against Belichick, Patriots
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings over eight seasons with the New England Patriots. He even caught eight passes — all for touchdowns and all thrown by Tom Brady.
Then Bill Belichick traded the linebacker away to Kansas City in 2009.
"We didn't talk for a couple months, maybe a year," Vrabel said. "Then we became friends, and I used him as a resource when I started my coaching career, and still talk to him a lot now. This week we're competitors."
Titans now face Patriots on short week after snapping skid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's three-game skid is over, and the Titans are back to .500 after a big road victory.
But before they can catch their breath, the Titans have a short week before they host the surging New England Patriots in what will be Tennessee's lone home game in November.
Coach Mike Vrabel understands the challenge — and opportunity — the Titans have going against his old coach, Bill Belichick.
Injuries make impact sidelining NFL stars at halfway point
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rookie head coach Mike Vrabel has no time to imagine how much better his struggling Tennessee offense might be if only three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker hadn't broken his ankle in the Titans' season opener.
Next man up is a necessity as much as a cliche in the NFL.
Titans trying to back up aggressive rookie coach Mike Vrabel
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel has made it very clear he wants the Tennessee Titans to play fast and aggressive, and that's exactly how the rookie head coach operates.
Now he just needs the Titans to do a better job of having their coach's back.
2 is the new 1 in the NFL; 2-point conversion tries are up
Two is the new one.
NFL teams are going for 2-point conversions more than ever this season. Teams have tried it 59 times through the first seven weeks, converting 35. They're on pace to break the record of 115 attempted in 1994, the year the NFL adopted the 2-point conversion.
There have been eight entire seasons since 1994 in which there weren't 59 2-pont conversion tries and only four times has the total reached 100.
Vrabel, Titans working to fix issues before breaking for bye
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will not be escaping quickly now that they're back from London and mired in a three-game skid.
First-year head coach Mike Vrabel wants to look closely at what the Titans (3-4) must fix to snap that skid that cost them the lead in the AFC South for a franchise that hasn't won its division since 2008. The Titans also get a little bit more time around their bye with their next game not until Nov. 5 in prime-time at Dallas.
Titans have no regrets over 2-point conversion attempt
LONDON (AP) — The Tennessee Titans hated the outcome.
But they loved the call.
The decision by Titans coach Mike Vrabel to go for a go-ahead 2-point conversion against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday doomed Tennessee (3-4) to a third straight loss when Marcus Mariota's pass to Taywan Taylor was tipped by safety Adrian Phillips in the end zone.
Titans get in work at home before leaving late for London
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Linebacker Kamalei Correa had one crucial tip for how the Tennessee Titans can best handle the franchise's first trip to London for a regular-season game:
Titans’ offense struggling with extended touchdown drought
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans made a coaching change after winning their first playoff game in 14 years to rev up Marcus Mariota and the offense.
So far, the Titans have taken a major step backward on offense with their first-time head coach and his offensive coordinator who had never called plays in a regular-season game until last month.
Titans linebacker Morgan out ‘few weeks,’ Spain day to day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says linebacker Derrick Morgan probably will miss "a few weeks" after hurting a shoulder against the Baltimore Ravens, though left guard Quinton Spain is day to day after hurting his right shoulder.
Vrabel said Monday that it's unfortunate the Titans won't have Morgan for a few weeks as a veteran guy who studies and takes care of his body.
Titans shut out for 1st time since relocating to Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-year head coach Mike Vrabel knows exactly what the Titans didn't do in being shut out on its own field for the first time since this franchise moved to Tennessee way back in 1997.
In a word, everything.
Marcus Mariota was sacked a career-worst 11 times, and the Titans managed just 106 yards total offense in being routed Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens in a game that felt much more lopsided than the 21-0 final.
Titans DC Pees gives his players financial incentive to read
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees gives his players a financial incentive to read his tip sheets very carefully each week.
Well, at least for the first player to find the bonus Pees hides in plain sight.
"All it is is to double-check and see if they're reading," Pees says.
Titans coordinator facing off against his old team in Ravens
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dean Pees' retirement from his old job as defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens sure didn't last very long. Not with Mike Vrabel pouncing on the chance to lure his former coach to work with him in Tennessee.
Now the NFL schedule is giving the defensive coordinator a chance to try and slow down his old team on Sunday.
Vrabel sees close loss as chance for Titans to bond
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel has recently been talking about close games a lot with his Titans.
After Tennessee pulled out three straight victories by three points apiece, the first-year coach and the Titans are coming off a one-point loss. The Titans had been a league-best 9-1 since the start of 2016 in games decided by three or fewer points.
Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan having tests on right foot
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan is having tests on his right foot after leaving Tennessee's loss in Buffalo.
Lewan played 17 snaps before being replaced by Tyler Marz. Lewan told reporters after the game he felt like he was a liability to the team because he couldn't push off the foot and didn't have any power.
Woodyard among 2 defensive starters out for Titans vs Bills
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will be without two defensive starters in Buffalo with coach Mike Vrabel declaring linebacker Wesley Woodyard and safety Kenny Vaccaro both out for the game.
Vaccaro's absence Sunday is no surprise as he dislocated his right elbow in last week's win over Philadelphia. Vrabel said Monday that Vaccaro would be out "a few weeks."
Titans-Bills Preview Capsule
TENNESSEE (3-1) at BUFFALO (1-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Titans by 4 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tennessee 3-1, Buffalo 1-3
SERIES RECORD — Titans lead 28-17
LAST MEETING — Bills beat Titans 14-13, Oct. 11, 2015
LAST WEEK — Titans beat Eagles 26-23, OT; Bills lost to Packers 22-0
AP PRO32 RANKING — Titans No. 10, Bills No. 30
TITANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (15), PASS (26).
TITANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (24), PASS (12).
BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (24), PASS (32).
Titans building confidence, momentum with 3 straight wins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel has been preaching about playing aggressive from the moment he arrived in Tennessee.
A month into the season, the Titans are doing just.
At 3-1, the Titans are off to their best start since 2013 under their first-year head coach, having won three straight — each by three points.
Vrabel: Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro will miss ‘few weeks’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says safety Kenny Vaccaro will miss a few weeks after hurting his right elbow in Tennessee's overtime win over Philadelphia.
Mariota outduels Wentz as Titans edge Eagles 26-23 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel took a timeout late in overtime with the Tennessee Titans facing their third fourth down, then the first-year coach pulled kicker Ryan Succop off the field.
Marcus Mariota, Corey Davis and the rest of the Titans rewarded Vrabel for his big show of confidence.
Marcus Mariota starting with Titans’ backups hurt, learning
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is starting this weekend against the Eagles, no matter how limited his injured right hand might be.
Mariota is Tennessee's best option with backup QB Blaine Gabbert in the concussion protocol. Austin Davis just joined the Titans and has been given a crash course in the Titans' offense but is still learning the playbook.
Titans building early confidence with pair of AFC South wins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have a rookie head coach. They started the season with the longest game in the NFL since the league's merger with the AFL in 1970.
Coaches have mixed and matched players to survive a variety of injuries, including to starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.
And yet three weeks into the season, the Titans sit atop the AFC South as the NFL's first team off to a 2-0 start in a division.
Mariota comes off bench, Titans beat Jaguars 9-6
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Mariota just has a knack for beating Jacksonville.
He's done it with his arm. He's done it with his legs. Now he's done it off the bench.
Mariota directed three scoring drives in relief of Blaine Gabbert, including one in the fourth quarter, and Tennessee knocked off the Jaguars 9-6 Sunday for their third straight victory in the series. Mariota improved to 5-2 against Jacksonville, his most wins against any opponent.
Titans’ QB situation for Jaguars game remains uncertain
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans still don't know who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Marcus Mariota was limited all week with an arm injury and is questionable for the second straight game. Blaine Gabbert started in place of Mariota in Tennessee's 20-17 victory over the Houston Texans .
Mixed emotions: Vrabel gets 1st win, Mariota status unclear
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A game ball for his first victory as an NFL coach is on Mike Vrabel's desk, and the Tennessee Titans got their first "Victory Monday" off of the season.
The celebration is a bit short-lived while some key starters are rehabbing injuries.
Vrabel gets 1st win as Titans dig deep to beat Texans 20-17
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No Marcus Mariota. Both starting offensive tackles out, along with the top backup against Houston and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
Mike Vrabel gave the NFL a glimpse at just how much of a difference he and his assistants can make for the Tennessee Titans as the rookie picked up his first victory as a head coach.