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NASHVILLE , Tenn. (AP)The Tennessee Titans sure hope they’ve found the combination to help them get to the quarterback, and now they’ve set a standard they want to continue. An eight-sack performance will do that for a team. The Titans finished with eight sacks in last week’s 20-16 win in Indianapolis, the franchise’s best single-game performance since Nov. 10, 1985, when the then-Houston Oilers had eight sacks. That tied for the team’s third-best total all time. ”It puts the standards a little higher,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. ”I think all the work and the effort that they’ve been having in other games, it was good to see it come to light with what they did. Hopefully it’s going to give us a little confidence and certainly nothing negative about … what they did.” Combined with three sacks in a loss at Pittsburgh, the Titans have racked up 11 sacks over the past two games. That is the defense’s best two-game stretch taking down a quarterback since having 12 sacks in October last season. The Titans (7-4) rank 18th in the NFL with 25 sacks thanks to what they’ve done in the past two games. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said they’ve been getting consistent pressure on quarterbacks all season, and Tennessee lists 168 quarterback pressures already. Linebacker Brian Orakpo has a team-high 48 yet only four sacks, while linebacker Derrick Morgan has 45 and a team-high seven sacks. ”If you’re playing good ball, good things happen. That’s kind of unusual Sheldrick Redwine Jersey ,” LeBeau said of getting eight sacks in one game. ”It’s just like turnovers. If you’re getting to the ball and you’re hitting people, you’re going to get some good turnovers. We had some good breaks in there, and the guys played great.” Seven Titans got at least half a sack against the Colts, and DaQuon Jones got his first two this season to nearly match the 2+ sacks he had combined through his first three seasons. The fourth-year end has eight pressures but hadn’t gotten to the quarterback until last week. ”It’s very frustrating,” Jones said. ”At the end of the day, you have to keep believing in yourself and the ability to play football. It’s going to come. You might miss them early. We still have five games left, so a lot can happen.” Morgan gives credit to the back end of the defense covering receivers long enough to let linebackers and linemen get to quarterbacks. Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was thrown at five times, but caught only two passes for 15 yards. Safety Kevin Byard leads the NFL with six interceptions, while cornerbacks Logan Ryan and rookie Adoree Jackson have been sticking with their man. ”They’ve been doing an excellent job of covering up their guys and making the quarterback double-pump the ball and giving us time,” Morgan said. Now the Titans’ challenge is keeping this up Sunday against Houston (4-7). The Texans have allowed 34 sacks this season, eighth-most in the NFL. Four more sacks for Tennessee would match the best two-game total in franchise history. ”It’s definitely huge Kaleb McGary Jersey ,” lineman Jurrell Casey said. ”You want to make sure we stay with that drive, that same momentum going into this game. ”But at the end of the day, they can kill you going up in the air. No matter who that quarterback is back there, we got to make sure we put the pressure on them.” NOTES: WR Rishard Matthews (hamstring) and RB DeMarco Murray (illness) did not practice. Orakpo (rest) S Da’Norris Searcy (ankle), OL Brian Schwenke (illness) all returned after missing practice Wednesday. — ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn is looking for a renewed commitment to the Atlanta Falcons running game and offensive balance with new coordinator Dirk Koetter.The Falcons’ outside zone scheme won’t change, though Quinn on Thursday said Koetter and the revamped offensive staff will bring new tweaks to the playbook.Quinn has made a dramatic overhaul of his coaching staff following a disappointing 7-9 finish . He fired each of his three coordinators while announcing he will take over the defense.On Tuesday, Quinn brought back two former Falcons offensive coordinators when he hired Koetter to direct the offense and Mike Mularkey as tight ends coach.Quinn said Koetter, the former Tampa Bay coach, won’t totally remake the offense.“The systems will stay very similar,” Quinn said. “The vision will certainly stay very similar in how we want to play ball. The way we go about executing that and find different ways to feature guys, that will have some change to it.”The Falcons lacked offensive balance this season Kendall Sheffield Jersey , relying too heavily on a passing game led by quarterback Matt Ryan, receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and tight end Austin Hooper.Atlanta ranked sixth in total offense but only 27th in rushing. Those numbers were affected by season-ending injuries suffered by running back Devonta Freeman and starting guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco.Quinn said he was impressed by Koetter’s success featuring running backs Doug Martin in Tampa Bay and Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville, where Koetter was offensive coordinator from 2007-11.“Having that kind of balance, Dirk and I both agree, is the best way to attack and is the best way to feature the guys on our team,” Quinn said.Expect to see more carries for Falcons running backs in 2019.“The thing I think for us to get back from an identity standpoint is the amount of run attempts,” Quinn said, adding he likes the way “we attack” through the air.“What I’d like to make sure is we can feature … the run game” to make play-action passes more effective.“We’re going to work really hard at that,” he said, adding “That will be a big part of our identity, not just this year but for years to come.”Quinn announced new roles for some assistants. Kyle Flood John Cominsky Jersey , who had been assistant offensive line coach, will have a new senior assistant position. Quinn said “a big part of his role” will be assisting with clock management and replay decisions on the sideline.Also, Dave Brock will coach running backs instead of wide receivers. Bernie Parmalee, who had been running backs coach, will assist new special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica , who was hired from the Washington Redskins on Wednesday.Koetter and Mularkey will be renewing relationships with Ryan. Mularkey was Ryan’s first offensive coordinator in 2008-11 under former coach Mike Smith. Koetter directed the Falcons’ offense from 2012-14.Quinn said that familiarity will help the transition in 2019.“I do believe a past relationship of working together can pay off,” Quinn said, adding Koetter and Mularkey have talked with Ryan and other players.Quinn said “more than two or three” candidates were interviewed before Koetter and Mularkey were hired. He said Ryan was not consulted during the interviews.“I would say in no way was he involved in the process,” he said.

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