HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK (on if Andrew Luck reminds him of other quarterbacks) Not really. You would never think he’s a rookie. I think he looks very comfortable. He looks like Peyton (Manning) on the play-action stuff. He’s very comfortable … Continue reading
As we prepared last week to take on the Buffalo Bills, we knew that we were going to need to run the ball effectively, force turnovers on defense, and avoid committing turnovers on offense. We knew this would be a hard-fought game that would likely come down to the final minutes.
With the 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots during the Titans home opener, comes a whole new can of worms to be opened and scrutinized by every arm chair Quarterback and Monday water cooler coach. The issues that I am about to present are ones that as a Coach and player, I have seen behind the scenes and that are currently materializing within our team.
Issue number 1) Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer
Last season (in several articles) I let it be known that not only did I not approve of his hiring but in fact his inability to have ever proven himself as a Head Coach or Offensive Coordinator baffled me in terms of how he was still in the league.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s Matt Hasselbeck knows only too well how quickly a starting job can be lost. He is the player the Titans tried to replace with Peyton Manning in March.
Hasselbeck also likes to compete.
Good thing since the Titans kicked their quarterback battle into a new gear with their first on-field training activities this week. The Titans are letting Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011, compete to be the starting quarterback this season. The veteran got the ball first in team drills this week, and Hasselbeck said he’s approaching this year as he does every year.
“The advice I give to guys over the years is you’re not really competing with the guys at your position,” Hasselbeck said Friday. “It’s probably a faulty view of things. At this level, you’re competing with everyone in the world they could find to replace you with whether they’re here yet or not, and you know I almost learned that lesson the hard way this offseason. That’s just reality.”
The 2009 NFL rushing champ added a title to his collection moments before.
“I’m the championship of the locker room in rock, paper, scissors,” Johnson said with a broad smile that drew laughter from teammates. “I worked so hard for it. I’ve been working for this since I was 3 years old. A lot of hard work — I give all my thanks to God.”
For the record, Johnson advanced through the tournament by casting a rock, then a scissors in the final round to beat reserve running back Herb Donaldson. While Johnson joked about hard work being the reason he won the schoolyard game that hinges more on luck, he’s been totally serious in the weight room and on the practice fields this offseason.
Players have been participating in a voluntary offseason program since April 23, but this week marked the first time that offense could line up against defense. The offense wore white, the defense wore blue, and the quarterbacks wore red, no-contact practice jerseys as coaches took players through position drills, seven-on-seven passing drills and 11-on-11 contests.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Titans will look inward as part of the team’s plan for moving upward, Mike Munchak said a day after his first season as Tennessee’s coach ended.
Munchak said Titans coaches will meet and evaluate each other, and he wants to have conversations with each of the teams’ 20-plus players whose contracts are up.
“I think it’s good that they know what our plans are for them so it doesn’t become a ‘We haven’t talked to the Titans situation.’ I hope they want to be back here,” Munchak said. “I hope it’s because they think we’re heading in the right direction and we’ve got something special happening here and even though we didn’t get as far as we hoped to get, I think they feel it, I think they see it, (but) I know business comes into this.”
HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK
(on if Chris Johnson was limited at practice)
No, he did everything that we asked him to do so I think he will be fine on Sunday…He ran some good routes and did some things, so he looked pretty good.
(on the large Houston injury report and if he is expecting them to play)
Until you see their list of who is inactive and who is hurt, like they have been saying, I wouldn’t expect anything less and they are playing everybody and they want to win the football game obviously so we are just worrying about us.
(on if Jason Jones will be able to workout on his own)
He will workout here and he will be with us at the game. Usually if the guys aren’t going to play they will workout there also. We will work them before the game so he will get workouts and treatment and get ready for next week.
(on if the injuries at defensive end are less worrisome because Akeem Ayers can rush the passer)
Yeah, he gives us a lot more versatility going into games for that reason that he could go play third down for us if he had to on passing downs and on nickel. That’s going to be nice about him going forward into the future too, there are so many things he could do for us.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s opening possessions have been linked to its final outcomes this season.
The Titans have scored four times on their opening possessions in 15 games this season and are 3-1 in those contests, compared to 5-6 when they have not scored the first time they’ve touched the ball.