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Titans coordinator moves for better view of 'D'

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Titans coordinator moves for better view of 'D'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Gray has moved to the coaching box to see the field better and see if that helps the Titans tighten up their defense.

At this rate, it certainly couldn't hurt.

The Titans are back on pace for an NFL record nobody wants in points allowed in a season, and they are back to last in the league giving up 34.2 points per game. They could top the 317 points they gave up last season Sunday when they visit Miami (4-4) and have allowed at least 30 points in seven of nine games this season.

Coach Mike Munchak said Thursday they see the defense playing better but not getting much help from the offense. Munchak said the Titans (3-6) can best help the defense by holding onto the ball longer than an average of 26 minutes, 10 seconds a game.

Yes, the Titans rank last in that category too.

``Overall, we have to get off the field, and we have to stay on the field on the other side,'' Munchak said. ``I think that will help with a huge part of what the defense is doing. They've been out there way too much, some of their own fault and some of the offense's fault. If we could just fix that category as a team, I think we're going to win a lot more football games.''

Gray made the move from the sideline up to the coaching box upstairs in the press box in last week's 51-20 loss to Chicago. Munchak said they had talked about the possibility before, including this offseason. Gray worked from the box while he was defensive coordinator in Buffalo but he was on the sideline since coming to Tennessee due to the lockout last season.

``I think he liked what he could see,'' Munchak said. ``He could make his calls quicker. I think it was good that Frank Bush, the linebackers coach, was able to talk to the linebacker, his player, (Colin) McCarthy, who was wired, so he could give him some other comments other than just the defense. I thought all of that worked well, so we'll stick with it.''

Gray said he likes working on the field so he can look at players and see if they're telling him the truth when they come to the sideline. But

``You don't get a chance to feel the game,'' Gray said. ``You see it all. You see what goes on and you get a chance to see if there're guys messing up, not messing up. You can make the corrections right quick when you're talking to the coach the very next play.''

With the Titans giving up 51 points, it certainly didn't look good in the loss to the Bears. The Titans now have given up 308 points this season, putting them on pace to allow 548 this season. The 1981 Baltimore Colts gave up 533 points in 1981.

But Tennessee turned the ball over five times, and the defense started three different drives at the Titans 16 or closer to their own goal line in giving up three touchdowns. The Titans did force the Bears to punt three times and forced Chicago three and out after the first turnover of the game.

Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley is the second-oldest starter on the defense at the age of 29 in his seventh season. He said he sees players hustling hard.

``Everybody's still enthusiastic,'' he said. ``We know we have games left to play. It's very important for us to go out and get things turned around.''

Gray sees signs of promise in a defense that has six starters in their third season or younger because they are busy talking.

``They're guys that communicating as the play's going on,'' Gray said. ``That's where you grow. You don't grow just because a guy does his job on his own. You have to really communicate as the play's going on who has what what's the tip. When you can get that, that's what the good defenses do and they pass it along to the other guys.''

Notes: Jake Locker practiced for a second straight day Thursday with pads on and even was bumped by Wimbley at one point. Munchak said if Locker progresses well into Friday they feel good about him returning as the starting quarterback against Miami.

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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