NASHVILLE – The Titans face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here’s a quick look at the Colts:
Last game: Lost 20-17 to the Texans.
Points for/against: 22.2 ppg/20.5 ppg.
Offense: 22nd overall, 339.5 ypg (3rd rushing, 28th passing).
Defense: 13th overall, 332.0 ypg (8th rushing, 16th passing).
Head coach: Frank Reich.
QB: Jacoby Brissett (184-of-285, 1,926 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs, 95.7 rating).
Top RB: Marlon Mack (192 carries, 862 yards, 4 TDs).
Top WR: T.Y Hilton (35 catches, 378 yards, 5 TDs).
Top TE: Jack Doyle (30 catches, 304 yards, 3 TDs).
Sacks: DE Justin Houston (8).
Leading tackler: LB Darius Leonard (49).
Interceptions: LB Darius Leonard, CB Kenny Moore (2 each).
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri (16-of-21 FGs, 20-of-26 PATs).
Punter: Rigoberto Sanchez 45.0 (41.9).
Last meeting: September 15, 2019: Colts 19, Titans 17.
TE Mo-Alie Cox (thumb)
RB Marlon Mack (hand)
WR Parris Campbell (hand)
S Clayton Geathers (non-injury related)
WR T.Y. Hilton (calf)
G Quenton Nelson (hip)
S Khari Willis (concussion)
CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle)
COLTS HEAD COACH FRANK REICH CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
(on what he sees from the Titans’ defense on tape and who stands out)
I see a very well-coached defense, a lot of talent all the way from the front end to the back end. Jurrell Casey continues to be the disruptive player he is. He’s a force. You’ve got to account for him, know where he’s at, have a plan. They’re getting really good play from their linebackers. Then in the secondary, obviously both of those safeties are really quality players, and the corners, we’ve got a lot of respect for their corners. So, just very well-coached. They run a multiple-style defense. You never know what’s coming, so we have to be very well prepared.
(on if he’s surprised at how good Ryan Tannehill has been as the Titans’ starting quarterback)
Well, no not really. I’ve always thought Ryan (Tannehill) was a good player. Like any quarterback, he’s had some ups and downs, but I’ve always had a lot of respect for him. I was coaching somewhere else a few years ago when he was starting down with the Dolphins, and he had an almost perfect quarterback rating against us that day as I recall – or at least that’s what it felt like. So, I’ve got a lot of respect for him. You know, obviously a very talented cast of players around him. They’re good upfront. Then, having (Derrick) Henry going. He’s doing a good job in the passing game, he can create and extend plays with his feet, so, a really good player.
(on how different the Titans look with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback compared to Week 2 when Marcus Mariota was the quarterback)
I just think he’s being efficient with the ball. Honestly, I’m spending most of my time – I’ve watched their offense, but I’m spending 95 percent of my time watching their defense. I don’t have great answers for you there. My guess is, just knowing how it works with us, we run the same stuff, and just everybody plays a little bit better.
(on how much of a threat Harold Landry III is)
He’s doing phenomenal. You’ve got his strength and speed. Putting that at that level, he’s just being very effective, and you can just tell he’s just an instinctive player. Instinctive players, you can put them anywhere and they know how to make plays.
(on how unusual it is for the Titans to throw passes to offensive linemen and if it creates any challenges for the Colts’ defense)
You want to be aware of it. When you run the ball as well as they run the ball when they get down there, there’s always that element of surprise that you think of putting an offensive lineman in. So yes, you have to be aware of that. You have to understand that that can come. You just can’t – when an offensive lineman reports as an eligible receiver, you can’t ignore it. But ultimately, we’ve got to be disciplined in the way we play defense, we have everybody accounted for and you just can’t fall asleep on those guys.