Griffin also said Gray reminded the Titans that each player only picks up one paycheck per week as a point, trying to get players to quit trying to do too much and do their own job. Griffin defended the defense, pointing out the Texans scored 14 points by returning two interceptions for touchdowns.
Tennessee also is spending more time on the field than any other defense with the offense holding the ball a mere 24 minutes, 20 seconds each game.
"Both sides of the ball need to step it up," Griffin said.
The defense has taken the field only once this season protecting a lead.
The Titans opened against New England with a field goal, and Gray is curious to see how his defense plays once they get another chance at that. He said he's trying to make sure his young players understand teams change their offensive approach once they get a lead making it tougher to get sacks or turnovers. Tennessee has one interception and six sacks.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan said the Titans did seem to get a bit rattled on the early series. He wants to see more urgency from the whole defense at kickoff to help set a tone, and he expects to see Tennessee do a better job starting Sunday.
He also says the NFL record is safe from Tennessee.
"We're not going to shatter any league record as far as points," Morgan said. "We're going to get everything back on track."
Notes: WR Kenny Britt missed another practice Thursday recovering from a sprained left ankle, and Munchak said Friday is a big day to see where the receiver really is at. Britt has played only one game this season. ... TE Jared Cook (left shoulder) was limited. QB Jake Locker (left shoulder), DE Scott Solomon (hamstring) and LB Patrick Bailey (hand) did not practice while LG Steve Hutchinson had his usual day off.
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