How the Tennessee Titans will try to tackle Russell Wilson after failing vs Kyler Murray
Much like Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson can run from defenses.
And hide, in plain sight.
A week after facing – and falling to – Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, the Tennessee Titans' defense will find itself chasing another fleet-of-foot quarterback in the Seattle Seahawks' Wilson on Sunday.
"There's a reason these guys are great players," Titans defensive line coach Terrell Williams said. "The Murrays and Russell Wilsons and Lamar Jacksons – you can be in a perfect spot and they find a way to make you miss.
"Some of these guys are tough to tackle, so it's a problem for defenses and defensive line coaches and defensive coordinators."
And just about everybody.
Williams said the best way to try to tackle the sometimes "untackleable" quarterbacks is to "keep on grinding," with the understanding that his players must be prepared to miss.
While the 5-foot-10 Murray ran for just 20 yards on five carries, his ability to buy time was invaluable, allowing him to throw for 289 yards and four touchdowns.
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Russell, who is 5-foot-11, had just 9 yards on five carries last week in a victory against the Colts. But the seven-time Pro Bowler threw four touchdown passes to go with 254 yards in an 18-for-23 showing.
"It seems like every week you're facing that," Williams said of these types of quarterbacks. "Sometimes they're gonna make a play; sometimes we're gonna make a play."
In order for the Titans to avoid the 38-13 embarrassment they did last week, they will have to be on the right side of making those plays.
Easier said than done. Williams used basketball as an example.
"You look at trying to guard Michael Jordan, I'm sure everybody would put guys in the perfect place to stop them, but great players are sometimes able to make those plays," he said.
Titans outside linebackers coach Ryan Crow said he thought his players were successful at "creating disruption" against Murray, whom he called "an unbelievable athlete."
"There's some pickles he got out of because of his athletic ability," Crow said. "We're playing another guy that's very capable of doing those things this week. It's just being able to cut it loose while also understanding who's in the backfield."
On Sunday, the Titans hope they are the who in the Seahawks' backfield.
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