Since it is impossible to justify anything that happened on the field for the Titans, there was a lot of rambling and a lack of public accountability for the people most responsible for the loss. However, a few noteworthy things came out of the media availability.
One of the most important was that Vrabel said that he didn’t suspect that the injury that limited Bud Dupree on Monday would keep him out long-term.
That is a big deal, but they may need to make a change in the short term.
Tennessee Titans’ other pass-rushing options
Bud Dupree had a sack in the first week of the season and then bull rushed the left tackle into Josh Allen’s lap early in the game against the Buffalo Bills. So far he is on a better pace than he was to start last year and he should continue to build on that as the year goes along.
In the meantime, the Titans are going to have to figure out other pass-rushing options.
One positive note is that Denico Autry had a good game on Monday and finished with a sack and another quarterback pressure. He seemed to have more juice in his legs than he did to start the season and a lot of that probably has to do with him working his way into shape after missing training camp.
Rashad Weaver would be a great option here, but obviously, he is anchoring the other side of the line after Harold Landry’s injury. Ola Adeniyi fits theoretically, but he hasn’t really been a factor to start the season and he has been banged up both weeks.
A sleeper option for the Tennessee Titans is Takk McKinley who was signed to the practice squad last week.
McKinley has been injured, but the former first-round pick started his career off hot with 13 sacks in his first two seasons. If the Titans are looking for someone to provide some juice to the pass rush on a handful of downs, then the 27-year-old could be worth a shot.