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Titans hope to contain Russell Wilson

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With the Seahawks’ offensive line banged up, quarterback Russell Wilson has been doing plenty of running.

The Titans want to keep that from happening on Sunday.

“When you get a guy that’s really good that can pass and run, most guys drop back and the rushers go past him, now you’re in trouble, now the coverage is going to break down,” defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.  “So you’ve got to go to more zone, and really you don’t want to do those things.  You’ve got to have some other guys that are kind of watching out for him.”

In other words, the Titans plan to spy Wilson.  The top candidate is linebacker Zach Brown.

The Titans also plan to try to rush Wilson not necessarily to tackle him.

“Your rush may be a little bit different,” Gray said. “You may not try to pass rush to sack him. You can pass rush to keep him in the pocket.”

None of it may matter.  Apart from his physical skills, Wilson has great poise.

“I think the Lord kind of blessed me with that, first of all,” Wilson said this week. “But I truly believe that it’s just through experience. . . . I don’t remember the last time I was ever flustered.”

In an given play, drive, quarter, or game, Wilson always remains calm, taking what the defense gives him and, at times, making something out of nothing.

While the Titans are a surprising 3-2, they’ll have their hands full chasing Wilson — and their ears full of the noise that only the crowd at CenturyLink Field can generate.

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49 Responses to “Titans hope to contain Russell Wilson”
  1. afty2001 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:31 AM

    As one of 66,000 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium last Sunday all I can say I’m glad as hell the Colts don’t see him again (unless of course they meet in the Super Bowl). That is one tough dude, and when you think you have a sack for a 10 yard loss! Forget about it, 20 yard gain. And when it’s 4th and 6, he’s scrambling for 7. As a die hard Colts fan, I still can’t believe they pulled it out last week. Good luck Titans your going to friggin need it.

  2. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:41 AM

    The Titans will have to do everything possible to have a perfect game with no turnovers to have a chance to beat the Seahawks on the road, one of the toughest places to play right now in the NFL is in Seattle, ask the 49ers…
    QB Russell Wilson says he can’t remember ever being flustered?
    How about when he scrambled right and threw left and was intercepted at the end of the game in the loss to the Colts last week?
    He looked flustered then….
    Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, I cannot remember any game he has ever played where he didn’t turn the ball over.

    Good luck to my Titans! Go Titans Go!

    —Titans Fan Dan

  3. titansbro says: Oct 12, 2013 12:49 AM

    Tough test for the very good Titans defense. Although I don’t expect the Titans to win, mostly because Fitzpatrick puts loads of pressure on his own defense with turnovers & 3 & outs leading to very good field position for the opposition. If Locker was healthy I think they’d have a shot.

  4. stepheninportland says: Oct 12, 2013 12:54 AM

    I’m sure they do; I’m also sure they won’t.

  5. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 12, 2013 1:02 AM

    Only Russell Wilson can contain Russell Wilson.

  6. dannyreneau says: Oct 12, 2013 1:04 AM

    Couldn’t be happier to have him at the helm. Growing up in Kansas and spending my adult life in Seattle, both of my teams have got me on the edge of my seat. Wilson is fantastic, couldn’t be happier with him driving the team. This season has been great so far.

  7. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 12, 2013 1:32 AM

    Never mind Wilson at home, he’ll be fine. Ryan Fitzpatrick is in for a VERY long day with the “Legion Of Boom” coming after him.

  8. breakroomboredom says: Oct 12, 2013 1:42 AM

    Key word, try.

    For the Titans to have any shot this weekend, we need a couple big runs early from CJ to tone down the crowd, and we need some points off turnovers. If those two things don’t happen we’re done.

  9. jdubb84 says: Oct 12, 2013 1:46 AM

    good luck- (guy from “taken” voice)

  10. vanhizzy says: Oct 12, 2013 1:46 AM

    Lynch is a beast but the Titans will keep him from going off. Especially since the Seahawks have a banged up line. Wilson will be the deciding factor. With Pollard being terrible in coverage and ZB being a bit gimpy, the Tits will need Wilson to have an awful day to get the W. Unless Fitz doesn’t turn it over and the O-line makes big holes for CJ, bc he can’t make anyone miss, I don’t see any realistic way of my boys pulling it off otherwise. Their D is too good. But damit, there’s still a chance!

  11. capn0bvious says: Oct 12, 2013 1:55 AM

    Titans hope to contain Russell Wilson. I hope to win the powerball. We’re both dreaming.

  12. cletusvandam says: Oct 12, 2013 3:01 AM

    Lol, so they aren’t going to sack him they are just going to encircle him and what hurl insults?

  13. showtime615 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:17 AM

    Stop Wilson, Lynch goes beast mode.

  14. joetoronto says: Oct 12, 2013 3:44 AM

    Jerry Gray nailed it, keep him in the pocket and play zones all day.

    He won’t know what to do.

  15. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:23 AM

    I really wish someone would knock this A hole out.!!!!!! Like lights out hit into next week.!!!!! O well one day one day.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 12, 2013 7:16 AM

    we played them last week, and wilson is good, im glad he and Luck are finally getting the hype and IRG3 hype train has fizzled out, hope the seahawks win, beat our division foe, and i have Lynch and the seahawks D in FF also

  17. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:06 AM

    Dear Titans,

    Remember to put those hands up, clog those passing lanes, and be on the lookout for a Russell Wilson breakaway. If you can do all those things you can contain him, but he’s still shockingly fast. Gotta use some exotic blitz packages to confuse him.

    Oh and you also have to score some points against that killer defense.

    Do all those things and you just might win!

  18. greymares says: Oct 12, 2013 9:02 AM

    As a Russell Wilson fantasy owner, here’s hoping the Titans fail to do so. lol.

  19. phukurmouf says: Oct 12, 2013 9:11 AM

    Trap game for seattle

  20. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:20 AM

    Go Titans Go! Upset of the week over Seattle?!

  21. scmems07 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:32 AM

    good thing for the titans is that if they shut down the run for wilson, he is not much of a passer, other than his first game and the pactice game with the jags, he has completed 50% of his passes and thrown for about 200 yards a game or less, and turn overs are becoming an issue as well. he clearly has a hard time with good defenses.

  22. texanfan62 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:35 AM

    Good Luck to the Tiny’s on that!LOL!!

  23. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:39 AM

    Can we please stop with all the noise effect in “Seadderall”. They probably pump fake noise just to add to the crowd. I’m not buying that its naturally the loudest. That’s media driven to say the least. It’s so obvious and unfortunate how every year the “media” chooses certain teams to praise around the clock like little sycophants. It was the “forty whiners” last year , now its the Seahawks. Ravens won the damn superbowl , but yet its all doom and gloom around the clock to the point I started wandering, damn did we really win ? It’s disgusting to be honest . Flacco is one of the worst, meanwhile Matty Ice can’t even win 2 out of 5 games without his Lamborghini and Ferrari recivers around him. Meanwhile the ravens had 3 , yes 3 active wide recivers Sunday but they don’t talk about that. We in bmore are used to the disrespect , which is why Im not going crazy about it because they just fuel the fire for Joe and Suggs and them boys. Just a little factoid for some of you fake NFL pundits: Ravens home record in last 29 games….27-2… But all you hear about is Seattle, Green bay, and Denver , Kansas city as the toughest and loudest. Not knocking those venues , but at least be somewhat objective(I realize asking the media to be objective is an oxymoron) when discussing toughest places to play.

  24. hehateme2 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    Were seeing just how overrated little Wilson is. Look at his stats this year… he’ll never be a good drop back passer.

    This style of QB play won’t last if you can’t sit in the pocket and scan the field.

  25. jrazz22 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    Legion of boom. Give me s break. Pathetic turds

  26. jdubb84 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    @bmoreravens1012013 Joe Flacco got way overpaid for what Anquon Boldin did, your defense sucks, you lost to the Browns, Ray Lewis (that’s my Joke) and probably the most inconsistent team in the NFL who will be lucky to make a wild card spot

  27. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:16 AM

    NFL coaches know a players strengths and weaknesses by a players 2nd season and game plan against those things, that is what NFL coaches are doing against Seahawks QB Russell Wilson plus he has a top 5 defense and the 12th man in Seattle because of that Wilson doesn’t have to carry his team on his back…

  28. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 12, 2013 10:17 AM

    Andrew Luck is wondering “what on earth is a legion of boom?”. Seahawks are overrated. Time will show. Does Sherman always give up on plays and then yell at the safety when Sherman is the one who stopped playing.

  29. theimmaculatedeception says: Oct 12, 2013 10:22 AM

    With Greg Williams in charge of the Tennessee defense you know he’s got a price on Wilson’s head. Wilson is a running back. Not a quarterback

  30. ledh28 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:25 AM

    You can’t stop Russell Wilson you can only HOPE to contain him.

  31. truths4all says: Oct 12, 2013 10:37 AM

    Go ahead, anoint the Seahawks as the champions of the Division, the Conference and of the Super Bowl.

    I can’t wait to see how those nonsensical opinions will jinx and derail them.

    The Seahawks should have lost at Carolina, except Carolina is awful, as even the Cardinals proved by stomping on them, and doing it very easily with a decrepit offense.

    The Seahawks also got lucky against the Texans with their offense imploding as it normally does.

    While the Seahawks are a very good team, please point out what recent championships they have won or what makes them so fail-safe as the season goes on and the injuries still occur? They have not won squat yet, so why the sudden enshrinement to greatness.

    Keep in mind that the Cards, yes those stumblebums, were undefeated at 4-0 last season. Like I say, the Seahawks have done squat so far. And on any Sunday, they can be beat, especially away from their home stadium comfort zone where the NFL’s loudest fans give them a true advantage, but also show how beatable they are in away games.

    Because this is the NFL, odds are they will very soon come back to earth as other teams also have some of the best football players on the planet; and they all want to beat the Seahawks very badly as well.

  32. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:49 AM

    To all you experts commenting here saying Wilson and the Seahawks are overrated… You do realize that your incessant whining and attempts to dispel them as a good team is only bringing validity to the fact that they are a good team, right? Give it a rest. If they’re not that good, why do you care about them and get all worked up anytime they’re mentioned? That said, continue with your trolling now.

  33. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:54 AM

    @peytonsneck18. Stop hating you act like a 6 grader girl that dose not get it way. As for RGIII set back and watch this team turn it on starting this Sunday. The Redskins spotted the NFL 3 games now its time for an Encore this season.

  34. scmems07 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:05 AM

    “If they’re not that good, why do you care about them and get all worked up anytime they’re mentioned?”

    because of fans like you actually. if you really think beating the 1-3 panthers on a hail mary prayer, beating the 2-3 texans after getting dominated on both sides of the ball only for shaub to hand the game over, as well as getting beat again by the colts and you still think the seahawks are a “dominant” team, thats just silly. this team could easily be 2-3 with losses to the panthers, texans and colts. wilson is at best an above average qb, the defense has holes, this team can not hang with high power teams like NO, GB and DEN.

  35. wholelottaawesome says: Oct 12, 2013 11:11 AM

    Larrydavid,

    You have asked that probably one of the classiest, professional, good for the game, exciting players get hurt?

    Not one other person on this site would post that. So you have just confirmed to the rest of us your real identity.

    #poorexcuseforahumanbeingbeingservedeggosbyhismominherbasementwhilelookingforanotherbottleoflotionasrgiiiworksoutontv

    I would never want to see an injury to a top player. I hated to see RGIII go down, but I’ll take that W that you probably cried real tears over.

  36. ledh28 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    @scmems07. You keep saying should have almost blah blah fact is they didnt. they stepped up when they needed to. they needed a turnover in carolina forced a fumble ran out the last five minutes. they held the texans to 0 second half points plus OT and came back from 17 points in the fourth quarter. its not like schaub just threw it up he threw it right to his TE and sherman yanked it from his hands. but before that dont discount the 14 play 98 yard drive for a td against a defense that stuffed them all day. they needed plays they got them from a good team. so what if they lost to indy are u saying that indy is no good because they got the win in the final minutes against seattle a over rated team? your logic is stupid. seattle is a damn good team and like u said its nfl u cant win them all. and the one loss came on the road to a very good team by six points not like they got blown out. wilson is as good as advertised missing three starting OL still going 4-1 AND he sure hasnt ever lost a game for seattle. so id say thats above average. individual stats dont always tell the story on how or what a player can do for a team.

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    larrydavid7000 says:

    awww are yr feelings hurt? lol

  38. trollhammer20 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:57 AM

    hehateme2 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:44 AM

    Were seeing just how overrated little Wilson is. Look at his stats this year… he’ll never be a good drop back passer.

    This style of QB play won’t last if you can’t sit in the pocket and scan the field.
    ______________________________

    In order to sit in the pocket and scan the field, one must have a pocket in which to sit and scan.

    With three offensive linemen out, including two Pro-Bowlers, there have been no pockets to speak of.

    Of course, if you’d actually watched the games, instead of interpreting games through stats, maybe you’d be aware of this. Give it a try sometime.

  39. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:28 PM

    Titans defense is no joke this year, can’t believe they improved so much. Wilson needs more time in the pocket. Many people are hating on Rice because he doesn’t have many catches but with the injuries the offensive line has given up instant pressure up the middle, from the outside and that’s where all the scrambling has come from.

    Max Unger is back which helps everyone on the offensive line because he calls all the protections. Lynch should have a big game as Seattle focus on the run again. Anybody else want to see them unleash Christine Michael. They only dressed him once and he looked like the most explosive player on the field. Go Hawks!

  40. scmems07 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    “wilson is as good as advertised missing three starting OL still going 4-1 AND he sure hasnt ever lost a game for seattle”

    love seattle fans, in the indy game the seahawks had the ball twice with a chance to go up, wilson is stuffed on a qb run play on a 3rd and 2, stopped one on one with a lb, got the ball back and threw a pick to end the game. excuses excuses. wilson is riding the defense to wins, but when it comes time to outscore the opponent, they are not capable.

    seattle fans=sensitive.

  41. scmems07 says: Oct 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    “In order to sit in the pocket and scan the field, one must have a pocket in which to sit and scan.

    With three offensive linemen out, including two Pro-Bowlers, there have been no pockets to speak of.

    Of course, if you’d actually watched the games, instead of interpreting games through stats, maybe you’d be aware of this. Give it a try sometime.”

    tannehill has the worst o-line in the game and has still led his team to 3 wins including a win against the colts in their house, when everyone wrote them off, and on track for the playoffs, has better stats than wilson and stays strong in the pocket despite being blasted. try another excuse. as a matter of fact, luck and tannehill’s lines are both pretty bad and are still having success.

    by the way, wilson has now lost to luck and tannehill even though he has the better team, both pocket qb’s.

  42. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 12, 2013 2:27 PM

    Scmems07
    Either you’re not watching games or you don’t know understand football that’s clear to everyone. If you say the Dolphins are playing as a good as Seattle even though their line is struggling. Which team has a better record?

    Tannehil looked like a rookie vs the Saints, it wasn’t even a contest. Simple math tells you 4 wins is better than 3 wins so there aren’t excuses being made for Wilson. Wilson lost on the road to those teams, I wonder how those games would look in Century Link? I’m sure we will get to see some point over the years.

    Come back tomorrow after the Titans game.

  43. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 12, 2013 2:35 PM

    A little more knowledge for the uneducated fans out there.

    Russell Wilson has 6- 4th quarter come backs and 7 game winning drives starting off his 2nd year NFL.

  44. lovethelions says: Oct 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    larrydavid7000 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:23 AM

    I really wish someone would knock this A hole out.!!!!!! Like lights out hit into next week.!!!!! O well one day one day.

    _____________________________________

    LOL! Those are some ‘sour grapes’ you used to make that ‘whine’. Would you like some cheese with that? Is anyone saying this stuff, not a forty-whiners fan?

    Wilson is a great athlete. So is Lynch. We would ALL love to have them on our teams. Seattle looks great this year and maybe they’ll get to the Super Bowl…maybe not.

    But quit whining about previous games, they’re in the past! If you are a 49ers fan, then you’ll get your chance later this year. If not, then go get a life…

    And be thankful you’re not a Steelers fan! LOL

  45. lovethelions says: Oct 12, 2013 2:44 PM

    larrydavid7000 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:54 AM

    @peytonsneck18. Stop hating you act like a 6 grader girl that dose not get it way. As for RGIII set back and watch this team turn it on starting this Sunday. The Redskins spotted the NFL 3 games now its time for an Encore this season.

    _____________________________________

    They didn’t ‘turn it on’ when we played them! LOL

    Maybe they’ll get things going by week 16???

  46. scmems07 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:32 PM

    “Wilson lost on the road to those teams, I wonder how those games would look in Century Link? I’m sure we will get to see some point over the years.”

    ha!!! typical seattle fan…”come play us at home and see what the outcome is!!!” newsflash, the superbowl is not played in seattle. and nowhere did i say miami is better than seattle, you made the excuse that wilson has not looked good because the oline is out, i said tannehill and lucks o-line are just bad and they are still the reasons their teams are winning and exceeding expectations.

    although miami has wins against quality opponents, seattle has beaten who again?

    record of miami’s opponents 16-9
    record of seattle’s opponents 10-15

    quality over quanity.

  47. chicagotomahawk says: Oct 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    scmems07 are you a closet MIA fan just like your qb? We all know you’re a whiner fan.

  48. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    Chuck Norris could stop Russell Wilson

  49. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    @scmems07

    but when it comes time to outscore the opponent, they are not capable.
    ==============================

    Uhhhh, that would mean Seattle would be winless.

    You see, the way you win a game is by scoring more points than the other team.

    If you don’t outscore them, then you lose the game.

    Help?

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