Titans Loss To Patriots Reveals More Problems Than Expected

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.

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True Titans News Update: Chris Johnson Is On A Mission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Chris Johnson is on a mission. The Tennessee running back insists he’s still the best in the NFL, and he’s working hard this offseason to make sure he bounces back after the worst season of his career.

Johnson has packed on 8 to 9 pounds of muscle as part of his strong commitment to the Titans’ offseason program.

It’s a dramatic difference from last year, when Johnson missed nearly the entire preseason holding out for a contract extension. He got his money, then the self-proclaimed best running back in the league ran for 1,047 yards. That was less than 13 others in 2011.

“I just know when I have been through the same things as everyone as far as camp and being on the same page as my offensive line, I feel like I am the best back in the league,” Johnson said Wednesday.

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True Titans News Update: Head Coach Mike Munchak’s Wednesday Practice Report

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.

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True Titans Update: Titans Split Quarterback Reps 50-50 During Friday’s OTA

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.”

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