Titans installing high-tech artificial surface in Nissan Stadium

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans are switching Nissan Stadium to a high-tech artificial surface for the 2023 season.

The move is spurred by NFL studies showing the team's natural surface may have contributed to more lower-body injuries from 2018-2021 than the six NFL venues that use the sort of monofilament fields the team will now turn to.Nissan Stadium

Nissan Stadium's field has been Bermuda sod since the building opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum, but the franchise has consistently struggled to maintain a good playing surface in November, December and January. Nashville sits in a transition zone, where it can be difficult to sustain natural grass that can handle the heat of August and colder temperatures of the late fall and winter along with the lack of sunlight.

The team has worked with consultants and tried different tactics, and regularly resods part of the field or the whole thing. Despite those efforts, the Titans have consistently wound up with an inconsistent field that has not been durable.

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PK TV: Learning Ran Carthon, Titans' money matters and more

Screen Shot 2023 01 30 at 7.06.38 PMNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Hey now!

I hope you are coming off an excellent weekend and plowed through a Monday more gracefully than I did.

We learned today that Ben Jones will be going to Pro Bowl events as an alternate, and while that's good for him, I think the meaning of alternates should be diminished in general and should be on the downswing.

We also got the hard number for the 2023 salary cap so we know exactly what the Titans need to save and we've heard a bit more from Ran Carthon.

So we gathered for a chat and discussed all that and a lot of other things that were on your mind as the week kicked off.

You can head to the private Facebook page or below to rewatch.

If you're you don't want to miss out on more exclusive content you can head here to get access to the replays and be part of the next conversation.

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Titans now know exactly how much salary they have to cut

Bud DupreeNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have to cut $23,687,933 in scheduled 2023 salary by 3 p.m. CT on March 15 to be in compliance with the salary cap.

That number is according to Spotrac and has the Titans in the fourth-worst position in the league, better than only the Saints, Buccaneers and Jaguars.

The official 2023 salary cap number of $224.8 million was given to teams Monday, NFL Network reported.

But the Titans won’t simply need to get to a point where their most expensive 51 players cost less than their adjusted cap number, which includes over $1.8 million in rolled-over money from 2022.

They’ll need room to sign new players in free agency and to sign their draft class.

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Mailbag: Titans' dead money details, pressing needs, reporting to the owner

TitansLogoNeonNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings and welcome to the weekend. I hope you've got big plans leading up to the Championship Games where I hope we get a couple of tight classics.

I hope you've listened to the podcast, but in case you've not gotten to it yet, I urge you to listen or watch and subscribe, rate and review. Here is it on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts and our new YouTube channel

I appreciate the steady flow of questions on Twitter and Facebook and our private Facebook page.

Here is the best of what you sent.

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Podcast: Titans' priorities, front office contributions and neighborhood horn-honking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new podcast episode awaits you on Apple, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

And now, you can watch or listen on our new YouTube channel. You can also find that broadcast below. I hope you will subscribe to that as well.

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastWhichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I dive into:

💥 How little we know about what some front office people actually do.

💥 The idea that the Titans will have a pipeline to 49ers personnel because of Ran Carthon.

💥 Priorities not lining up chronologically.

💥 My disruptive neighborhood horn-honking.

💥 Offensive coordinator thoughts.

💥 Pending Hall of Fame voting.

💥 Championship Game rooting interests.

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Mike Herndon: Rounding up what we know about the Titans offensive coordinator search

TENNRoofingSTRIPsmallBy MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With Ran Carthon locked in as the new general manager in Tennessee, eyes now turn to the openings on the coaching staff that were created when Mike Vrabel fired offensive coordinator Todd Downing, offensive line coach Keith Carter, and secondary coach Anthony Midget following the season.

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Matt Nagy with Patrick Mahomes/ © Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Reports indicate that the Titans may have found their secondary coach in former Commanders defensive backs coach Chris Harris.

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With Ran Carthon, more analytics coming to Titans' front office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In 2020, the NFL adopted a rule change that stopped teams from accumulating dead ball fouls to drain clock while preserving late-game leads.

Bill Belichick may have first “discovered” the loophole but it was Mike Vrabel’s use of it in a Wild Card win in New England against the Patriots in 2019 that really brought it to the forefront as something that made teams feel it needed to be addressed.Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell, who analytics helped the 49ers find/ © Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Vrabel saw that as a win and, I believe, as vindication against anyone who would debate that he underuses analytics.

He may not have guys from MIT or Harvard sitting in a booth on game day with binoculars and binders as some teams do, but he and his right-hand man, John Streicher, employ analytics in real-time game decisions and in taking advantage of the rules. Vrabel doesn’t believe requires a big staff. (The following season in a playoff loss Vrabel chose to punt on fourth-and-2 from the Baltimore 40 with 10:06 left in a game the Titans were losing 17-13. No analytics win there.)

Ran Carthon’s background suggests the new GM will put a bigger emphasis on analytics in the front office than there has ever been before. That won’t affect how Mike Vrabel operates, but it should influence some calculations about how the Titans chose players to sign and draft.

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Ran Carthon should start Titans' staff changes now if he's able

Ran CarthonNASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new general manager gets hired off the rhythm of the scouting schedule.

The people in his world don’t have contracts that run on the NFL season schedule and they are not at the end of their work year when the 17-game season ends or their team suffers a playoff loss.

So Ran Carthon joins the Titans and inherits Jon Robinson’s staff at a point where the expectation is, very likely, to get to know who is in place and work with them through a free-agency and draft cycle.

After the draft concludes on April 30 is when front-office executives and scouts generally change jobs.

All of that is nice, in principle.

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