Jefferson wore sleeve pads and badgered receivers with arm fighting as they battled for each ball, illustrating the level of contact the Titans expect from the defenders in the Seahawks’ secondary, who often use their size and physicality in “press-man” coverage, when Tennessee (3-2) visits Seattle (4-1) at 3:05 p.m. (CT) Sunday.
“Getting out of the press is going to be vital,” receiver
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said “it’s always been my goal to have really good guys on the outside so you can utilize your safeties wherever you need them.”
“You have a high regard for what you have on the outside and the guys that can make plays gives you a lot of opportunities to mix plays and other stuff,” Carroll said. “It happens that we’re very fortunate to have Earl Thomas back there in the middle and Kam Chancellor running around making his plays. The whole group is a very aggressive, physical group, and they’ve put it together.”
“They’re very physical, have great technique, play hard til the whistle,” Walker said of Seahawks CBs. “They do like to talk a lot too and try to take you out of the game. We’ve got to have better technique than them, play hard and run great routes against them.
“They’ve got good safeties as well,” Walker added. “Their safeties like to come down and press the tight end. All around, they’ve got some great DBs. We’ve just got to play our football, play physical Titans football and win when the battles come to us one-on-one and make the catches when they come to us.”
The Titans have played more press-man coverage this season, giving their receivers more looks at that technique during all of the offseason program and training camp. Titans coach Mike Munchak said he’s hoping that will help receivers, who need to create better separation from defenders to help
“It helps, but until you get into the game and go against these guys — these guys are much bigger than our corners,” Munchak said. “Just like last week on the Chiefs the corners were pretty big guys. Plus, the weather last week was a factor. When it’s damp, it’s wet and a little slower. It was hard to get off those big guys last week. I think it’ll be different as far as their traction and their cuts will be sharper. I think their routes will be a little crisper, which should help us.”
The first six pass attempts for Fitzpatrick fell incomplete, and Tennessee’s first five possessions were three-and-punts.
“It was a tough start in terms of finding that first completion but I thought it got better as the game went on,” Fitzpatrick said. “I don’t know if it was timing or me getting out there in that role with a different set of guys, but I think the more we work together, the better it’s going to get. There’s definitely a better comfort level this week than there was last week because I’ve been through it now for a week.”
Washington said Fitzpatrick is “getting more and more comfortable” with the offense.
“It’s not just about the rhythm with Fitzpatrick. It’s everything. It’s us as receivers making sure we’re in the right spot at the right time, the offensive line blocking properly for him, CJ (
BRITT RECEIVING SUPPORT:
The fifth-year receiver said he didn’t think he attacked the ball as aggressively in the game as he did in practice and that will be an area of focus this week.
“All my teammates are supportive, every last one of them,” Britt said. “They see me come in week in and week out and do it on the practice field and they’re wondering what’s happening in the game.”
FILLING IN AT NICKEL:
After Sensabaugh left the game against the Chiefs, the Titans moved
INJURIES MOUNT: In addition to Sensabaugh and Locker, seven other Titans did not practice Wednesday: