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Three Quick Hits from Thursday's Practice
November 23, 2017 07:19 PM | Jim Wyatt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Titans just wrapped up practice on Thanksgiving Day at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Colts in Indianapolis.

Three quick hits:

Memories of the Georgia Dome

I don't need to remind Titans fans the site of the team's only Super Bowl appearance was the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The building also had a special meeting to many current Titans.

I used the word "had" because the Georgia Dome was imploded earlier this week. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives sent the building to the ground as smoke filled the air.

"It was sad," said Titans safety Da'Norris Searcy, who grew up in Atlanta. "It's been a part of Georgia since 1992. I think I went to one of the first Falcons games when it first opened up. I played there once in high school, and I played a preseason game there once as a Titan. I went to a lot of games in my middle and high school years when I could get tickets.

"It was one of the symbols of Atlanta."

The Georgia Dome, which opened in 1992, was flattened in 15 seconds.

The Georgia Dome was the site of two Super Bowls, SEC championships, Peach Bowls, high school football state championships, the 1996 Olympic basketball, three Final Four NCAA basketball tournaments, concerts, pro wrestling and other events.

Titans safety Kevin Byard, who's from Lithonia, Georgia, graduated from high school in the Georgia Dome.

"It was pretty cool," Byard said. "Some of my high school friends went and watched the Dome get exploded."

Titans coach Mike Mularkey was an assistant coach in Atlanta with the Falcons.

"Won a lot of games there," Mularkey said. "It was a tough place to play."

Titans receiver Harry Douglas, who's from Jonesboro, Georgia, played from 2008-2014 with the Falcons.

"A lot of memories in that place," Douglas said. "I grew up there, went to a lot of events there. I had punt, pass and kick there when I was a little boy. My first seven years in the NFL were in Atlanta. When the Titans went to the Super Bowl, I was at that game as a kid. So I have seen a whole lot there."

The Georgia Dome has been replaced by the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium right next door.

"It was sad to see it go, but everything must come to an end," Douglas said. "It was bittersweet."

Mariota perspective

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said this week he's anxious to return to action, and prove his four-interception game was a "fluke."

The stats back Mariota up.

Mariota, in his third NFL season, did not have a three-interception performance until last week at Pittsburgh, his 36th career game, when he threw four. That qualifies for the second-best start to a career among all active quarterbacks, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Including all games in which an active NFL quarterback attempted at least one pass (excludes games played with zero pass attempts), only one other quarterback has gone longer before recording his first three-interception game-Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers' first three-interception performance came in his 90th career game in which he attempted a pass.

Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said Mariota has handled things well.

"He has been very good about it," Robiskie said. "I think we all kind of realized what happened a couple of plays, the ball didn't bounce our way, and kind of bounced in their hands a time or two. But Marcus has been very, very good. If it has bothered him, we haven't seen it.

"He has come out and practiced, and a couple of passes we called in the game we called them in practice and he hasn't flinched, or avoided throwing it there."

More perspective on four-interception games:

• Tom Brady has six career games with four interceptions.

• Drew Brees has three career games with at least four interceptions, including a five-interception game.

• Peyton Manning had six career games with at least four interceptions, including a six-interception game.

• Eli Manning has six career games with at least four interceptions, including two five-interception games.

• Russell Wilson threw five interceptions in a game in the past year (December 11 vs. GB).

• Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions vs. the Jaguars six weeks ago.

Injuries

Titans receiver Rishard Matthews was limited with a hamstring injury.

Everyone else was a full participant in today's practice.



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