Titans offensive line situation remains unsettled

Titans offensive line situation remains unsettled

The Tennessee Titans offensive line play was a mess in Sunday night’s lackluster 18-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now with the regular season less than two weeks away, the Titans still have to fix problems on the interior front in time for the season opener at Cleveland.
The Titans allowed seven sacks in the loss to Pittsburgh, and Coach Mike Vrabel said at Monday’s press conference, he is hopeful that the issues can be fixed.
“I hope that we can get them fixed. That’s why we coach, that’s why we practice, that’s why we try to instruct the guys that everybody’s on the same page. I really do mean that this is all 11 guys that are on the field – first group, second group, third group, coaches,” Vrabel said. “It’s a collective effort that we have to understand where we need to be when we’re in the route, where we have to be in protection, what the quarterback’s responsibility is to get the ball out. It’s never going to be one person, so that’s our job to look at the ones where we did have some good pockets and were able to get the ball, move it and gain first downs. When we didn’t have success, why not and who can help us? That’s kind of where we’re at.”
The Titans will, of course, be without the suspended Taylor Lewan, for the first four games of the season. Also, they still have yet to settle on a starting right guard, and Vrabel said the competition will continue on this week’s short week that ends Thursday in Chicago. \
“I think Kevin’s (Pamphile) done some good things. He’s done some good things in protection and then there’s some things that he has to improve on. Again, we’re still working through the roster, working through the lineups. We’ve got another week of preseason left,” Vrabel said.
Current clubhouse leader Kevin Pamphile didn’t exactly get a ringing endorsement in the race, though Vrabel certainly didn’t rule out the veteran holding on to the job against primary competition Jamil Douglas and Aaron Stinnie.
“We’re going to wait. Obviously, we’re going to try to continue to prepare and get guys in there and get some sort of rotation that we feel like we can go into the season with and be successful,” Vrabel said.
Vrabel was also asked about the possibility of shifting center Ben Jones to right guard and playing Corey Levin at center.
“We’re always looking for the combination that does give us the best chance to succeed. We’ll continue to look at that this week,” Vrabel said. “That’s part of my job, Arthur’s (Smith) job, Keith’s (Carter) job, everybody’s job is to find where guys are best for the team and for themselves.”

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