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Titans DC Jerry Gray seeks big hits; unfazed by fines

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray has issued a challenge to his players heading into Sunday’s game against the Saints — be more physical, even if it means risking a fine from the NFL, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

“The biggest thing I think in this league is you have to start putting fear in guys from throwing the ball in the middle of the field,’’ Gray said Wednesday. “And if that means getting a letter from the commissioner on Monday, that means getting a letter from the commissioner.

“A lot of times you have to be able to let these guys know: You are not going to be able to throw the ball in the middle of the football field. This is not a basketball game; it is a football game. So the ball doesn’t go down the middle of our field. And that is what safeties should do in this league.”

Asked if the Titans have delivered enough of the big hits he’s looking for, Gray replied: “Of course not. They wouldn’t be throwing the ball down the middle of the field if we had been doing enough of it.”

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