On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns are at home as they face the Tennessee Titans. To help preview a few topics from the Titans’ perspective, we reached out to Jimmy Morris from Music City Miracles and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!
Chris: “Rookie WR Corey Davis has already been ruled out for Sunday's game, leaving Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker as the team's top two receivers. What type of personnel should we most often expect to see from Tennessee -- two receivers, two tight ends? Or is there a third wide receiver they'll sneak into the mix?”
Jimmy: “They will mostly play with two receivers and two tight ends, but you will see rookie WR Taywan Taylor out there quite a bit on Sunday. He had a 53 yard touchdown catch in the win over the Colts on Monday night. But with that being said, Mike Mularkey would be content to stay in 2 tights all day long and just hand the ball off. It looks like is going to play, so the Titans would be content to turn around and hand it to Murray and Derrick Henry 30+ times.”
Chris: “Marcus Mariota's ability to run is one of his biggest strengths, but he played through a hamstring injury against the Colts last Monday. Tell us about how it changed his style of play, and whether his mobility is expected to still be limited this week.”
Jimmy: “I expect his mobility to still be somewhat limited but better than it was on Monday night. Mariota didn't fully participate in a practice last week. This week he was a full participant all week. I doubt they dial up any designed runs for him like they usually would, but he probably won't be sliding at the line of scrimmage like he did Monday night.
One one hand it changed his game quite a bit because he didn't leave the pocket at all. On the other hand it wasn't all that much different because he can win in the pocket every game. That is why it was so infuriating that Jon Gruden kept going on and on about wondering if Mariota could do it from the pocket. He showed that he can in that game, but it wasn't a surprise to those of us who watch him week in and week out.”
Chris: “Cleveland has faced so many teams with bad offensive lines this season, and although their run defense has benefited from it, ultimately, the Browns are still 0-6. This week, they get a solid Titans' offensive line, anchored by two young tackles. If there is a weakness on the line, what spot would it be at?”
Jimmy: “Last year RG Josh Kline was the by far the weakest link on the offensive line, but he has been a strength this year. LG Quinton Spain and C Ben Jones have struggled the most so far this year. Either way, the tackles, Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan, are both really, really good. The interior of the line is where they are the weakest.”
Chris: “The Titans let veteran CB Jason McCourty walk this offseason, but they drafted CB Adoree' Jackson with the 18th overall pick. How has Jackson played to begin his NFL career?”
Jimmy: “The Titans knew they were getting a raw football player with Adoree Jackson. He ran track in college at USC so he was never with the football team during spring practice. They figured it would take some time to get him up to speed. He has been up and down this year, but there have been more ups than downs. He will eventually be a star corner in this league. He is already a dynamic returner who can take it to the house at any time.”
Chris: “What would you label as an area of weakness on the Titans' defense (and if it happens to be Jackson, please discuss someone else).”
Jimmy: “The secondary overall has been a problem, but the biggest issue has been the pass rush. Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey haven't been getting home this year...and this week Morgan is battling an injury. He should play but it remains to be seen how effective he will be. The Titans were able to generate a pass rush in the second half against the Colts by blitzing pretty much every play. That was fine against Jacoby Brissett but will hurt them against the better quarterbacks.”
Thanks again to Jimmy for taking the time to answer my questions.