AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

Colts OC Nick Sirianni said they must continue keeping TE Mo Alie-Cox “involved” in their offensive system. 

“We have to continue to keep him involved,” Sirianni said, via Andrew Walker of the team’s official site. “He’s made too many plays to now say, ‘OK, Mo, now you take a back seat. … We want to get him the football and we have a variety of ways we want to get him the ball.”

Sirianni pointed out that the Colts’ offense needs to improve on third downs with better execution. 

“We are definitely not where we want to be on third down,” Sirianni said. “We have really good personnel to be able to win one-on-one matchups, our blocking is really outstanding. I just think it’s a bit of a lack of execution … need to execute better, need to put players in better position. It’s us as a whole. I don’t think that it’s anything, one thing in particular, but we definitely have to be better at it and it starts with us as coaches. … So just gotta grind to work to continue to get better there.”

Jaguars

Jaguars OC Jay Gruden believes their offense must play better early on in the game to win against the Bengals in Week 4. 

“We have to come out to a faster start,” Gruden said, via John Oehser of the team’s official site

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew reiterated that their goal is to score early to put their defense in a good position. 

“That’s a goal of ours – to jump out early and let the defense go hunt,” said Minshew. 

Gruden feels he must improve his play-calling and keep a better mix of run and pass plays. 

We have to stay on track,” Gruden said. “I have to do a better job staying on track as a play-caller and not getting too panicky, so to speak. I have to make sure we stay on track and keep the run mixed in there with the pass. Last week against Miami I probably got a little too pass-happy, which is unfortunate. It puts our team in a tough position, our tackles. And it puts out quarterbacks in a tough position.

Titans

  • Titans’ HC Mike Vrabel mentioned the shock of his team after their matchup with Pittsburgh was postponed on Thursday: “They were expecting to play. They were preparing to play. But I think they understood.” (Eric Bacharach)
  • Vrabel said that CB Greg Mabin was removed from the facility when he tested positive for COVID-19 and those close to him were also tested. (Paul Kuharsky)
  • Titans’ WR A.J. Brown (bone bruise) could have possibly played in Week 4 but will now plan on playing in Week 5 and staying healthy as the season progresses. (Ian Rapoport)
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