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VOL. 42 | NO. 4 | Friday, January 26, 2018

Mike Vrabel’s offensive, defensive philosophies

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What Titans fans can expect from Mike Vrabel, in his words:

On improving Marcus Mariota and the offense, which struggled badly in 2017:

“The vision is that we’re going to do things that are going to help him. We’re going to get guys around him that are going to help him. We’re going to get him to play with confidence, we’re going to get him to play energetic and bring the passion of football out that he’s so capable of showing. That’s my idea for him. There’s not going to be a greater relationship that I need to foster and develop than the one with our starting quarterback.”

Offense philosophy:

“I think that we’re going to run the football. We’re going to run it from the quarterback being under center, we’re going to run it from the quarterback being in gun. We’re going to give Marcus (Mariota) some easy access throws, whether that be RPOs (run-pass options) or run reliefs. We’re not going to run it into eight or nine guys, we’re not going to be silly. I believe in screens, I believe in play action, things that he does well.”

Defensive philosophy:

“What we are is – and I have a philosophy defensively – that we’re going to have coverage consistency, and we’re going to have front multiplicity. We have great players, we’re going to introduce our coverage concepts to them, that’s going to remain consistent throughout what we do. Then we’re going to have guys up front that may be geared towards an under defense, over defense, three down, five down, we’re going to have a lot of multiplicity in our front. So, it’s coverage consistency, front multiplicity.”