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Just to be clear [url=][/url] , plays in NFL games as an offensive coordinator.Sean McVay let him call plays for six quarters last year with the Los Angeles Rams all in the preseason."I called the fourth preseason game actually in Green Bay and I called the second half of the Oakland game last year ...," LaFleur said Monday. "Every opportunity you get to go out and do that, situations arise. You've got to think quickly on your feet. The more experience you get, I think the more calm you'll remain in those situations and be able to give the guys a better call."LaFleur, 38, has had to be a quick study, taking advantage of each opportunity to learn to call plays since Mike Vrabel hired him as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. LaFleur has immersed himself into it through the offseason program, through live periods and during the first 10 days of training camp.His first big test comes Thursday night when the Titans visit the Green Bay Packers for the preseason opener for both teams. Vrabel knows what he wants to see fr om LaFleur."Efficiency, making sure that we got clean operation getting the guys in and out of the huddle [url=]Cheap Jonnu Smith Jersey[/url] ," Vrabel said. "Whatever personnel group we're going with, let's go with it. Let's make a call and make sure we give these guys a chance to line up and make a play."LaFleur has worked with some dynamic play-callers in the NFL, including Gary Kubiak in Houston, Mike Shanahan in Washington, Kyle Shanahan while coaching quarterbacks with the Atlanta Falcons and McVay in 2017 as coordinator when the Los Angeles Rams led the NFL in points scored.Now it's LaFleur, who also interviewed for the head coaching job that went to Vrabel , in position to call the offensive plays that he's been installing with quarterback Marcus Mariota."We as coaches, we try to prepare for every situation so you're ready for that moment," LaFleur said. "But inevitably every week when you watch games something occurs like [url=]Cheap Dennis Kelly Jersey[/url] , 'Wow. I may not have thought about that before.' It's just trying to do the best you can to prepare for every moment. But inevitably you're going to have to think on your feet at some point and time in the game."Calling plays, which McVay handles with the Rams, was the big draw for LaFleur to Tennessee. He also has Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, and running back Derrick Henry as a pair of Heisman Trophy winners to work with along with an offensive line returning each starter.Even with all that talent, the Titans have plenty of room for improvement on offense. Tennessee ranked 23rd in total yards per game, 23rd in yards passing and 19th in points per game. The Rams, with a second-year quarterback in Jared Goff and NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley , ranked no lower than 10 in any of those categories with the biggest leap in scoring. The Rams went from last in the NFL in points per game in 2016 to a league-best 29.8 points in 2017.The key will be how quickly the Titans [url=]Ben Jones Jersey[/url] , particularly Mariota, learn the new scheme designed to take advantage of the quarterback's mobility. LaFleur believes the Titans have made a lot of progress since the offseason when the defense got the best of the offense to now with practice more of a tug of war between both units."We've got a great group of guys, and it is fun to watch these guys grow," LaFleur said. "And I think we are improving on a daily basis."NOTES: WR Corey Davis did not practice after leaving Saturday's practice early, but Vrabel said Davis will be fine. LB Brian Orakpo (shoulder), LB Rashaan Evans, CB Demontre Hurst, OL Kevin Pamphile, DL Bennie Logan and LB Sharif Finch also did not practice.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalkerMarcus Mariotas Injury Isnt About Pain Titans QB Marcus Mariota continue to rehabilitate an ulnar nerve injury that contributed to a missed game this season. Although Mariota was active [url=]Cheap Delanie Walker Jersey[/url] , he spent Sunday on the sidelines with a baseball cap. Its unknown at this point if Mariotas absence will be for one game or multiple games due to uncertainty surrounding the status of his progress. Some fans are using the late Steve McNairs ability to play through injuries as a means of questioning Mariotas overall toughness. This is wh ere people are wrong. The ulnar nerve injury isnt about pain. Mariota is not experiencing pain associated with an injury. He is experiencing numbness that is effecting his ability to grip the football. If he cannot grip the football, he cannot be effective as his touch and accuracy will be greatly impacted. Playing Through Pain?As mentioned above, the thought that Mariota needs to play through the pain is inaccurate and off base. HC Mike Vrabel cited in practice that Mariotas progress hasnt really made any significant changes since he was last evaluated. Simply put - there are throws he can make and throws he cannot. Vrabel is of the mindset that the offense will be more limited with Mariota in his current health than it already is with Blaine Gabbert fully healthy. That alone speaks volumes. A takeaway from Vrabels statement could indicate the Titans offense could try to stretch the field in Mariotas absence - and Gabbert has the arm to do so. His accuracy has been the real issue hes struggled with throughout his career. Vrabel doesnt want to takeaway the potential deep pass from the offense. Because of that fact, Mariota will likely remain sidelined until he can make those throws OR until the offense becomes more limited/less effective with a healthy Gabbert.Value Defining SeasonMariotas ulnar nerve injury could not have happened at a worse time. Primed to run an offense tailor fit to his strengths, Mariota is now forced to watch and wait. Mariotas is losing money the longer he is not on the field. This season was potentially a value-defining year in which he couldve earned a contract extension early and become one of the top paid quarterbacks in football.Now, the Titans and GM Jon Robinson can chose to wait out on signing Mariota to a long-term deal until they have assurances the injury will not linger or have a detrimental effect on the longevity of his career. Robinson would much rather be in the opposite position, surely. He would much rather his franchise quarterback be healthy and put in the position to grow into a new offense. But the fact is, hes not healthy. The season is still salvageable for Mariota in terms of increasing his value, but missing games will not help his cause. Hes clearly not missing by choice [url=]Wesley Woodyard Jersey[/url] , but due to hampering the teams overall efficiency. If Mariotas health is restored and the time spent on the sidelines helps him advance mentally in finding comfort with the offense, he could still produce just enough to earn a deal - assuming he overcomes the ulnar nerve injury. This would completely absolve any concerns Robinson may have.If terms like career-altering, lasting long-term concerns, or the dreaded residual damage begin to start circulating - hit the panic button.
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