Hot Topics From Titans Coach Mike Vrabel's Monday Presser

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NASHVILLE – Titans coach Mike Vrabel held a press conference on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team’s 43-13 win over the Browns.

The Titans will face the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday in the home opener.

Here’s a look at some of the hot topics:

Dean Pees

All the talk heading into the game was about Cleveland’s offensive weapons.

A lot of the talk coming out was about Tennessee’s defense, which recorded five sacks and three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Players gave defensive coordinator Dean Pees credit on Sunday, and Vrabel followed that up with some praise on Monday.

“I think Dean has done it a lot,” Vrabel said. “He’s done a lot in this league especially, and he has a good feel for how the game is going – him and I communicate very well and try to put ideas together.

“He always has the players well prepared.”

A.J. Brown

Titans rookie A.J. Brown had three catches for 100 yards in his NFL debut.

Brown had a 47-yard catch, and a 51-yarder.

Brown did more than just catch the ball – he stiff-armed would-be tacklers, and he made others miss with some nifty moves. Vrabel named Brown a “player of note.”

“He has great hands, he has really good size,” Vrabel said of Brown. “I thought he caught the ball, turned upfield, got run after the catch. Football is important to him – he loves football. And I think he is getting a lot more comfortable here, with the staff, (and) with the players.”

Offensive line

Vrabel said right tackle Jack Conklin “had a good day.”

Vrabel also praised right guard Jamil Douglas, who started in place of an injured Kevin Pamphile.

“Jack was a player of note, and Jamil was a player of note,” Vrabel said.

“(The offensive line) played well enough for us to win, and we’ll keep working and fix the mistakes and try and continue on the things that we did well.”

Vrabel said Pamphile, who is dealing with a knee injury, will be monitored again on Wednesday when the team returns to the practice field.

Vrabel didn’t rule out Douglas remaining as the team’s starting right guard, however.

“There’s always a chance,” Vrabel said. “There’s a chance we’ll move guys in and around the lineup that gives us the best chance to win each and every week.”

Derrick Henry’s Groove

Running back Derrick Henry accounted for 159 yards of total offense, and two touchdowns.

Henry ran for 84 yards and a score, and he 75-yard touchdown catch.

Henry got better as the game went on, and Vrabel thinks that was a sign of him getting more comfortable.

“Not being in preseason, some of those things take time,” Vrabel said. “Defensively, our goal is they look differently in the fourth quarter than they do in the first quarter.

“(We want) to finish the game off strong like we did yesterday.”

Vrabel named Henry as one of the players of the game, along with tight end Delanie Walker, who had two touchdowns.

Praise for Corey

Titans receiver Corey Davis didn’t have a catch on Sunday, and he was targeted just three times.

Vrabel made it clear he was in no way disappointed in his receiver’s efforts.

In fact, he showered him with praise.

“Our job is to win the game and to score as many points as we can,” Vrabel said. “I don’t think anybody wants to go out there and not have what would be called a productive day on the stat sheet.

“But I do know that Corey was doing everything we asked him to do. I think he got held a few times – whether it was called or not called, I am the last guy to complain about penalties. We understand what he can do but it was the effort that I saw … that I am proud of Corey for. The catches will come, and the production will come. But it is that kind of effort that we’ll need to have from him and everybody else to allow us to be successful.”

Don’t Waste Beer

CBS cameras caught a Browns fans dousing several Titans with beer near the end of Sunday’s game.

The incident took place after Malcolm Butler’s interception return for a touchdown. Butler leaped to the top of the wall near a Titans fan at First Energy Stadium, and several Titans joined him in the touchdown celebration.

A Browns fan outfitted in a Baker Mayfield jersey poured beer on the players. Cornerback Logan Ryan got a face full of beer when he jumped into the celebration.

When Vrabel was asked about it on Monday, he offered a quick one-liner at the end of the presser.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Vrabel said. “But I would tell ‘em not to waste beer – that’s a bad thing to do.”

Check out some of the top photos from Sunday's regular season opener at Cleveland. (Photos: Donald Page)

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