True Titans News Update: Kenny Britt’s Healing Waters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Although summer’s official start is a couple weeks away, Titans receiver Kenny Britt has already put more Kenny Brittthan a toe in the water.

Britt is trying to return from a torn ACL and MCL before the start of his fourth season, and part of his recovery has involved running in the pool. He said the aquatic training has helped him because of the buoyancy the water provides.

“Running in the pool, you relieve all the pressure of your body weight,” Britt said. “When you’re on the field, it’s all your body weight and all your pressure. The water helps you relieve all that pain and all that weight, so it felt good. I’m going to test it out on the field (today).”

Britt has shown explosive play-making abilities in his first three years. He led the AFC in receiving yards (271) and had three touchdowns after the first two games last season, but suffered the season-ending knee injury against Denver in Week 3.

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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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Colin McCarthy Wants Bigger Role In 2012

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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.

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Titans Name New Secondary Coach Brett Maxie

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans named Brett Maxie secondary coach.

Maxie joins the Titans after spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys in the same role. He has 14 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including stops at Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco and Carolina.

“What stood out to me was his diverse experience as a player and a coach,” said Titans head coach Mike Munchak. “He has worked with some really good coordinators from a variety of backgrounds. He is a detailed guy who has had a lot of success as a coach and a player. We were aware that his contract had expired, and I talked to a number of people around the league about him and heard nothing but positive things, which is a rarity in this league.”

In his time with the Cowboys, he worked for two different coordinators – Wade Phillips for the first three years and Rob Ryan last year. In 2008, his secondary helped the Cowboys rank fifth in the NFL in passing defense. In Maxie’s four years in Dallas, CB Terence Newman totaled 16 interceptions, which ranks as the ninth best total in the NFL over that time period. In his one season working in Dom Capers’ defense at the Dolphins in 2007, Miami fielded the fourth-best passing defense in the NFL. In four years at Atlanta (2004-06), Maxie helped develop CB DeAngelo Hall into a Pro Bowl cornerback. He spent five seasons with the 49ers (1999-2003), including three seasons as the assistant secondary coach and the final two years as secondary coach. During a three-year period (2001-03) with the 49ers, Maxie’s secondary totaled 66 interceptions – the third highest number in the NFL. His first NFL coaching job came at Carolina in 1998 as a quality control coach.

“I am really excited about this opportunity and the chance to work with Mike Munchak and Jerry Gray,” said Maxie. “I have played and coached against each of these men and I have great respect for what they are all about and what they have accomplished. Mike has an impeccable reputation as a coach and I like what I heard about how he runs his team. Jerry and I came into the league as players at the same time (1985) and our teams battled each other in the old NFC West and I have admired his work as a coach through the years.”

Maxie entered the NFL as an undrafted safety from Texas Southern. He originally signed with the New Orleans Saints and would go on to have a 13-year NFL career. During his career, he played in 153 games, including 104 starts, and recorded 23 interceptions and three touchdowns. Maxie played nine seasons (1985-93) with the Saints, one season in Atlanta (1994), two years in Carolina (1995-96) and finished his career with one year in San Francisco (1997).

Maxie replaces Marcus Robertson, who was let go earlier this month.

Let The Offseason Begin

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.

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Coach Munchak’s Thursday Practice Report

HEAD COACH MIKE MUNCHAK

(on if the kicking game has exceeded expectations this season)

Well I think they both have done very well. Directional kicking, kicking through the end zone, Rob (Bironas) has done a good job with the kickoffs and obviously with the field goals and the length of the field goals. It gives us a lot of confidence to kick the ball aand to kick 50 yarders. A lot of times the concern is where we would give the other team the ball if he misses it, so I think he has had a really, really good year. Brett (Kern) is the same way with the punting. He has had some great punts, some great directional punts, and the coverage has been good. I think special teams overall has had a really good year.

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