My my my, how the mighty have fallen….First, I would like to acknowledge that in my previous article I optimistically stated I believed that after the season opener our Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray would better prepare our Titans Defense in upcoming games, and that overall they would tighten up as a unit and begin to perform to the talent level that the fans know them to have. Even though I still believe that this could happen, so far I have been proven wrong. I did correctly state however, that Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer still deserved to be fired due to his inability to give our team any sort of Offensive chance to win ball games, due his sub-intellectual inability to ever consciously put together anything resembling a winning Offensive game plan, leading me to believe that it is now to the point that Titans players are all now dumber due to his incessant ramblings during team meetings.
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.
HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK
(on what he is looking for from Jake Locker)
When they are on the field, you just want to see guys getting comfortable with the offense him and Matt (Hasselbeck) with having the first offseason to truly learn from what we did last year and watch the cut-ups, which they have been doing. The quarterbacks are doing exactly what we hoped they would do and this offseason is as valuable to them as it is to anybody. We all know the problems with last year coming in like they all did and not knowing exactly what we were trying to accomplish. I think this year they have a lot of tape to watch and they have been doing that. They have been coming out and doing a lot of technique work which you do this time of year and they have all been doing a great job like we said. We are real happy with that position. Now it is a matter of doing it competitively with the players, so that is the phase we are working on now.
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.