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The Titans were demolished last weekend by the Houston Texans 57-14 and quarterback Marcus Mariota was lost to a hamstring injury, summing up a tough week 4 in Tennessee. With Matt Cassell taking the reigns at quarterback, the Titans will need to lean on Murray and their run game if they expect to have a shot against the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Despite averaging 5 yards per carry, Murray has been terribly inconsistent at the start of 2017 making it a struggle to project his production. He looked good against the Raiders in Week 1 but the Titans struggled as a whole on offense. A hamstring injury hampered him in week 2 but he bounced back unexpectedly against the Seahawks with 115 yards and a touchdown in week 3. After a dud in week 4, what can we expect from him?

The Titans play the Dolphins this week who are coming off of back-to-back of losses to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. Matt Cassell having a week to actually prepare will give the Titans a shot in this game. They will get back to the ground and pound attack because the Dolphins are incapable of putting up points in a hurry. Murray, who put in a full week of practice, should get ample opportunities this week against a vulnerable Dolphins defense.

Adam Schefter is reporting that DeMarco Murray has donated $25,000 to the Las Vegas Police Department and $25,000 to the families of the victims in last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. Murray grew up in Vegas. He said this about the shooting:

“When I heard about the terror and devastation in my hometown of Las Vegas, I couldn’t believe it,” Murray said this weekend. “I was shocked, sickened and scared for the families and friends of the victims. I want to help and do whatever I can to take away their pain from such a horrific experiences.”
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It is cool to see Murray step up and do this. We need more stories like this one and less of the other garbage out there that divides us.

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray is donating $25,000 to the Las Vegas Police Department and another $25,000 to families of the victims in last week’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Murray, who grew up in Las Vegas, says the community is still near and dear to him. He said the city will be on his mind Sunday when the Titans play in Miami.

“When I heard about the terror and devastation in my hometown of Las Vegas, I couldn’t believe it,” Murray said this weekend. “I was shocked, sickened and scared for the families and friends of the victims. I want to help and do whatever I can to take away their pain from such a horrific experience.

“Las Vegas is a special city not just to me, my family and friends, but this whole world. It’s a shame … for the city to have to endure such an attack. I pray for the victims and their families and hope our great country can work diligently towards keeping our people safe and eliminate these kinds of attacks in the future.”

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill seems to be walking just fine.

He’s around the team constantly. He’s on the road, even these long sojourns to Los Angeles and London.

It’s almost as if Adam Gase, in the middle of the night, might text Tannehill, as he asked Jay Cutler before this season, something like: “You ready to go?”

It’s easy to wonder what’s going through Tannehill’s mind (he hasn’t spoken with the media since completely tearing his ACL in a Dolphins practice, exactly two months ago).

He keeps a positive spirit. He tries to cheap jerseys China encourage teammates. He points out what he’s seeing during games.

Here’s what he should be thinking:

How ya miss me now?!?!

Damn right, the Dolphins miss Tannehill, the 12th-rated passer in the NFL in 2016.

This is a mess! A disaster!

It’s garbage, as Gase put it.

It’s chaos, as Cutler put it.

This is not what Tannehill and Gase’s second season together was supposed to be.

At all.

Here are Miami’s NFL rankings through three games: 32nd in offense, 32nd in yards per play, 30th in rush offense, 28th in pass offense, 32nd in points per game.

The Dolphins are paying Cutler $10 million for this. And so, no, Gase isn’t about to bench Cutler for Matt Moore, who, in all likelyhood, would be performing a bit better than Cutler is at the moment.

And there are reasons for this. As in, Moore played football down the stretch last season (oh, yeah, leading Miami into the playoffs). As in, Moore was actually training as a professional athlete in the spring and in the early part of the summer.

Understandably, Gase wants to take pressure off of Cutler.

The offensive line is struggling!

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But there is too much offensive talent for this production. And too much is the same from last season, when Miami won 10 games, steered into the playoffs by the much-maligned (completely unfairly) Tannehill and Moore.

And so what’s different?

Yeah, what’s most different is this: Cutler in; Tannehill out.

And so to those who wondered if Cutler, at 34, in the twilight of a career in which he’s won 69 games and lost 73, would do so well this season he’d force the Dolphins to trade Tannehill?

Please.

This should have always been viewed as a one-year stint. A lease of convenience.

It made sense for Gase to reach out to Cutler. It made sense for Cutler to take the money, and with it, one last shot at a chance to redefine his legacy.

Yeah, probably not.

But it made sense. And it also stands to reason that Cutler will improve as some rust fell in the road between South Florida and California and New York and London.

Such a long road, and yet, we’ve only just begun.

And now some wonder if all this proves the Dolphins need to draft a quarterback.

No, no, Dolphins fans should not hope Miami is actually in position to draft a signal-caller from California or Wyoming.

They have a quarterback in Tannehill who is GOOD ENOUGH.

They have a quarterback in Tannehill who is ASCENDING.

They have a quarterback in Tannehill who will turn 30 next summer.

That’s prime. That’s I-have-figured-out-the-NFL territory.

Why can’t Tannehill emerge in the same way Matt Ryan did for the Falcons?

Why can’t Tannehill be the good Alex Smith?

The all-I-do-is-win Alex Smith?

Some folks scoff at the notion that Smith is in some ways like Tannehill.

Supporters of each club scoff at comparisons to the other.

But have you seen the 2017 version of Alex Smith, the quarterback with 8 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and a passer rating of 124.2?

Yes, Smith, who is allegedly too vanilla, leads the NFL in passing.

Why can’t Tannehill do more of what Smith is doing now, supported by Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry (probably), DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills next season?

Cutler certainly isn’t doing it now.

And so even Gase couldn’t help but, in unsolicited fashion, bring up Tannehill both after the shutout loss on Sunday and then again on Monday.

“Everybody wants to point at the quarterback all the time,” Gase said in London.
I heard that last time I got here, and Ryan (Tannehill) is not here to blame this time.”

Damn right.

“I heard when I got here Ryan (Tannehill) couldn’t play,” Gase said. “That was wrong. The evaluation skills that everybody (has) about quarterbacks is really bad. I’m not going to listen to anybody else outside myself.”

Gase is a quarterback whisperer. And he should be trusted with these decisions. And yes, we should all trust Gase more than me or any evaluator who hasn’t played or coached in the NFL.

But to be fair, Cutler is currently 31st in the NFL in passer rating and hasn’t inspired any reason for confidence in the last two weeks.

Cutler is very, very likely to deliver some exciting moments over the course of this season. Cutler can have a flair for the dramatic and has a strong arm and moxie many wish Tannehill would flaunt more often.

But Tannehill was moving in the right direction. This was, in all likelyhood, had he stayed healthy (and that’s another column for another day) going to be a giant leap forward for Tannehill.

Instead, with Cutler, the Dolphins move backwards. Way too much — backwards, backward, backwards.

No, as Gase rightly notes, it’s not all Cutler’s fault.

But it really should make you miss having Tannehill under center.

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An uncharacteristically defiant Joe Flacco bristled at critical questions about the Baltimore Ravens’ offense on Wednesday and defended the play of the NFL’s 32nd-ranked offense.

“I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves when we all of a sudden start saying we haven’t played well for three weeks,” Flacco said. “We played terribly last week. There’s no way around that. But the other two weeks, we did what we had to do to win football games. I don’t think that’s anything that we can hang our head over.”

The Ravens rank last in the NFL in total yards, averaging at least 9 yards less than every other offense in the league.

Baltimore kept to a conservative game plan in victories over the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns to start the season because the Ravens led by a combined score of 38-7 in the first half. But the Ravens flopped offensively in Sunday’s 44-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, producing minus-1 yard in the first quarter and failing to produce a first down until four minutes left before halftime.

Flacco, who is known for his laid-back demeanor, answered questions about the offense with more of an edge on Wednesday.

“The stats aren’t going to be there in those [first two] games, and you can’t look at that and say we played bad,” Flacco said. “You have to look at the film and say, good play, good play, bad play, good play. You can’t necessarily grade people’s performances based on how many catches they had or how many throws they’ve completed.”

Flacco insisted the struggles of the last game won’t diminish his optimism for the offense.

“It better not, or we have no shot,” he said.

Through three games, the Ravens rank last or second-to-last in four offensive categories categories: total yards, yards per play, passing yards and average passing yards per attempt.

“On that side of the ball, we’re working really hard to be a lot better than we’ve been,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We recognized that we’re not playing the kind of football on offense that’s going to put a lot of points on the board. We want to score points. We want to take pressure off the other two phases as much as we can.”

At the outset of his weekly session with reporters Wednesday, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was asked for his thoughts on why the Ravens offense hasn’t played well in 2017.

He didn’t like the question.
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“I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves when, all of a sudden, we say we haven’t played well for three weeks,” Flacco said. “We played terribly last week; there’s no way around that. But the other two weeks, we did what we had to do to win and I don’t think that’s anything we can hang our heads over.”

The question came in the wake of the offense’s indisputably nightmarish performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday in London. Baltimore’s offense opened the game with four straight three-and-outs and didn’t register a first down until the Jaguars had a 20-0 lead on their way to winning, 44-7. Flacco threw for just 28 yards while being intercepted twice.

But before that, the offense gashed the Cincinnati Bengals for 142 rushing yards in a Week 1 road victory and then reached the end zone three times in the first half of a Week 2 home win against the Cleveland Browns.

“We did what we had to do to win,” Flacco said. “All of a sudden when you lose one and didn’t play well, you act like you haven’t played well at all and it’s not true.

“Statistically it wasn’t the best performance (in the first two games), but we did what we needed to do to win the football game, and that’s what this is all about.”

No doubt, the offense’s numbers aren’t pretty through three games. The Ravens are last in the NFL in total offense, last in passing offense and No. 23 in points.

“We definitely have a lot of work to do. It hasn’t been good enough offensively,” tight end Benjamin Watson said Wednesday. “I think everyone on offense would say they want it to be better.”

Where does the problem lie?

“Watching the film, there’s usually one guy here or there. We’re not that far off,” Watson said.

Flacco expressed a similar opinion when asked what he saw when reviewing tape of the Jacksonville debacle.

“It’s never as good as you think or as bad as you think. Having said that, when one or two guys do something wrong every single play, it isn’t the biggest thing that went wrong, but they add up,” Flacco said.

He continued: “If we make a first down on those first two drives, the game could be completely different. We could go down and score a touchdown or kick a field goal, and the whole game is different from that point on. There’s a butterfly effect to everything. You don’t get a first down and it just grows. That’s what you see when you go back and look at the film. It wasn’t anything major, but little things, each guy taking their turn doing their little thing that wasn’t correct, then you’ve got a blowout.”

The fix-it list on that side of the ball is no secret. Flacco needs to get his wide receivers more involved and his banged-up line needs to perform better, although Head Coach John Harbaugh praised guards Matt Skura and Jermaine Eluemunor, who replaced Marshal Yanda Sunday.

“Watch the tape in detail, those guys are playing pretty good. You would be pretty happy with the way those two right guards played. You would probably be a bit surprised,” Harbaugh said.

Flacco’s top fix-it item involved his unit’s mindset more than anything tangible.

“We’ve got a good football team,” he said. “We have to continue to believe that and continue to go out there and just do what we’ve been doing, just do it a little better.”

In other words, the Jacksonville game didn’t dull his optimism over what the offense can achieve this season?

“No, it didn’t,” Flacco said, “and it better not or we have no shot.”