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What They're Saying: The Tennessee Titans

Posted Dec 21, 2017

Find out what the Tennessee Titans' coaches and players had to say about the Rams ahead of their Week 16 matchup in Nashville.

Each week TheRams.com will be taking a look at what Los Angeles’ opponents have to say about facing the Rams. Heading into Week 16 of the regular season, check out what the Tennessee Titans’ coaches and players had to say about their upcoming matchup against the Los Angeles Rams at Nissan Stadium in Nashville:

On looking forward to facing a guy like RB Todd Gurley:

“Definitely. He’s a good running back and we have to bring our best football — be in our gaps, play our assignments and everything else will take care of itself.”

- Titans’ DL Austin Johnson

“This is a pretty good test. You have a Pro Bowler in Gurley. He’s playing at a high level, like a horse out there. He’s so big, but so elusive at the same time. That’s what makes guys like him very tough, because he can make you miss and run you over. He’s pretty fast. So we’ve got a pretty tough task at hand, but we’ve mastered the challenge each and every time.”

- Titans’ OLB Brian Orakpo

On the challenge that his team faces with DT Aaron Donald:

“I think everybody tries to go in thinking that they can try to help out with guys – you don’t know where he’s going to line up, there’s multiple places that he lines up, so that’s kind of hard to do. You’ve got a good challenge. You’ve got to do some things, to try to take care of him – in both the run and the pass game he’s definitely a problem. You give a lot of credit to him, the way he plays the game, but I think the whole front seven is pretty good.”

- Titans’ HC Mike Mularkey

On what he has seen on tape from QB Jared Goff:

“I think obviously he’s come much further than he was last year. It’s tough on rookie quarterbacks, I’ve been around a couple of them. It’s the toughest situation to be put in for anybody. But, obviously what they’re doing there is playing to his strengths. It helps to have someone who has been around quarterbacks like they do. He’s very comfortable in the offense and really, I think what they’re doing is there just playing to what he does well and that’s important that you do that for all your guys, but for sure your quarterback.”

- Titans’ HC Mike Mularkey

“Oh man, it’s night and day. This is my first time actually really studying the Rams and knowing what they are really all about and it’s night and day from how he was last year to this year. He’s playing at a very high level. It’s crazy how so much of a turnover can be so fast because it’s the same identical team and same quarterback, it’s just everything has started clicking now for him. Hats off to them.”

- Titans’ OLB Brian Orakpo

“Goff, he’s a good quarterback. When he sits in that pocket, he’s definitely dangerous. We have to get him moving. I think when he’s moving a little bit, it’s a little bit challenging for him. Want to make sure we get pressure on him. But he’s got a pretty good line, they’re working together. They’ve been working together all year long.”

- Titans’ DT Jurrell Casey

On the challenges that a Wade Phillips defense presents:

“I think you can look at [what he did in Denver], but their personnel is different. I think what he had in Denver is different than what he has with the Rams. I think personally he does a great job of putting his players in great situations. He did that in Denver, and I think he’s doing that in L.A. When it comes down to it — when they are being aggressive and when they do take their shots, you have to answer. A lot of times they do a good job of disguising as well. They make it look like they are going to bring everybody and then drop out and play defend coverage. We have a challenge in front of us, but I can’t wait to get out there and play.”

- Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota 

“The next team is the Rams and they’ve had a helluva year. They have a great defense. They have a really potent offense, so we have a huge test in front of us. But you know, we’re hard to play at home.” 

- Titans’ OT Taylor Lewan:

On the challenges of facing the Rams offense:

“Very similar to what we saw last week [in San Francisco]. I’ve been with Kyle Shanahan, I’ve been with Sean McVay. Very similar, they have the same philosophy – quick tempo, hurry up and get to the ball, trying to get guys off balance and they want to get you with a lot of misdirection type things. I know what coach Sean out there is all about. Great guy and an innovator with the offense. Matt LaFleur, their offensive coordinator, I know him as well. They’re going to be ready to do some different things, especially against our front which is a 3-4 to kind of get us confused a little bit.

- Titans’ OLB Brian Orakpo

“Very excited. We had a rough time last week. They are pretty similar to San Fran, run the same kind of similar scheme with a West Coast offense. We’re ready to see what they’re going to do. They can’t do what they did last week, because we’ve made adjustments for that. We’re ready to see what they’re going to bring to us.”

- Titans’ DT Jurrell Casey