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How Titans will combat Seahawks' CBs

10/11/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Seattle Seahawks extra-large cornerbacks get their hands on a receiver at the line of scrimmage, they hope to squash the chance the player becomes a viable target on that play.

“You want receivers trying to get away from you, doing things other than watching the football coming out,” said Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who was part of the Seahawks staff as they started adopting their current defensive philosophy.

This week, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains emphasized that his receivers need to have a plan and need to know how they will react to Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.

“If the receivers don’t have a plan and they get jammed up, (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is on to the next progression,” Loggains said. “It messes up the timing and the distribution of the passing concept. You have to come out with a plan, that’s one area where we have to make a huge improvement off of last week to this week.”

The plan is for how to get back in sync with the play and the quarterback. If the corner throws me inside, I’m going to do this to catch back up.

“Patience,” receiver Damian Williams said when I asked about the approach against the Seahawks. “You’ve got to be very detailed about what you do. A lot of times as a receiver we have a clock in our head. A lot of time when we run our routes, we feel like we got jammed up a little and the clock goes off, we try to get in and out of our breaks and sometimes we don’t get our depths and sometime we don’t give enough time to get the DB running…

“If by chance they do knock you off, that means when you get to the top of your break, you’ve got to come out faster. It’s compensation. The best way is the detail at the top of the route, making sure you get their hands off of you, making sure that you are coming back to the ball to cut the flight time off, making sure that you’re efficient with your feet in and out of your break, making sure that you are spend as little time in your break and coming out. You can’t rush your route.”