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.
The success of Tennessee’s 2011 draft class is well documented, and no rookie shined more last season than fourth-round draft pick Colin McCarthy.
The Titans 9-7 winning season was a far cry from the predicted 4 wins and last overall ranking in the AFC South that the “experts” predicted during the preseason. With arguably the team heading into the 2011 season with the most hurdles to overcome, after having fired sixteen year Titans veteran Head Coach Jeff Fisher, Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger (Rest In Peace Dinger, Much Love), Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil, Starting Quarterback Vince Young, backup Quarterback (once starter) Kerry Collins, and the loss of Defensive Line Coach Jim Washburn to the Iggles. In addition having to deal with the NFL lockout (I know it affected everyone) the Titans had to acquire a new Quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, a Middle Linebacker Barrett Rudd (replaced by Colin McCarthy), a new Offensive Coordinator (Chris Palmer), a new Defensive Coordinator (Jerry Gray), a new Head Coach (Mike Munchak), a new Offensive Line Coach since Munch became Head Coach (Bruce Matthews), and last but not least a new Defensive Line Coach (Tracy Rocker). The Titans entire overhaul of the Coaching staff is by far one of the largest in NFL history, not to mention their 9-7 record and near playoff berth (first since 2008) is a true indication that the change was for the better, in my opinion, had it not been for the lockout we would be in the tournament as I write this.
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.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Munchak and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray on Thursday stressed the importance of keeping keen eyes on the football.
It may sound like an obvious step, but the coaches said the Texans are skilled at using fakes and deception to get defenders out of position.