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Logan Ryan has no secret for beating old team

MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.
January 12. 2018 12:21AM
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is tackled by Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith and cornerback Logan Ryan during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium last week. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)



The New England Patriots are getting ready to face an old friend Logan Ryan this Saturday when they host the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium.

The Titans enter the game as big underdogs against one of football’s established superpowers. Understandably, many eyes have turned to Ryan, who has two Super Bowl rings from his time in New England.

So are the Titans probing Ryan for secrets from the organization? Not so much (though Tennessee is willing to joke about it).

From The Tennessean: “Oh, we interrogated him until he was ready to drop yesterday,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said jokingly of Ryan on Tuesday. “No, it wasn’t quite that serious. But, we had a cup of coffee together, I’ll say that.”

Ryan will be an important factor for getting the Titans ready for Sunday’s game, but not because he has any sort of inside information on the Patriots organization. If anything, that sort of stuff would come from Tennessee GM Jon Robinson, who came up through New England’s front office.

Ryan provides a “stabilizing” presence for the Titans defensive backs, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said (via ESPN). As for getting a read of the Patriots, there are plenty of men in the Titans organization who can do that just fine without inside info.

From ESPN: “If I tell coach LeBeau what to expect, guy’s got 80 years on me in football experience,” Ryan said of the Titans’ defensive coordinator. “Marcus (Mariota) watches more film than anybody in the building. So I don’t really need to tell them anything they haven’t seen.”

Ryan has been part of a Titans defensive back group that made tremendous improvements over the course of the year. Like the Patriots, the Titans were towards the bottom of the league in pass defense, and have improved to the point where they’ve finished in the middle of the pack numbers-wise.

Ryan still gives quotes like a Patriot.

More from ESPN: “Last week, our focus was only Kansas City. Now, our focus is only New England,” Ryan said after Wednesday’s Titans practice. “It just so happened that I played there, but it’s really just the next team in front of us. We’re all in on them.”

Ryan has been hampered by an ankle injury this week. He was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, but all signs point toward him playing against the Patriots.


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