The Tennessee Titans have a lot of new faces, both players and coaches.
So rather than go through the usual periods of offense against a scout team defense or vice versa, the Titans, per TitanInsider, decided to simulate game situations as much as possible (minus tackling, of course).
No plays were pre-scripted, and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and the defensive braintrust of Jerry Gray and Gregg Williams were able to match wits against each other by calling plays and sets based on down-and-distance and personnel groupings, just like in a game.
It's still football in shorts, but as Titans coach Mike Munchak said, it did up the ante a little bit for mini-camp for a team that desperately needs to show improvement in 2013.
“We talked about that when the season ended, during the off-season with the staff, about doing more of that. That’s as good for the coaches as anybody. It makes them have to think and attack each other,” Munchak said. “That way we’re not pre-planning everything we’re doing out here and scripting everything. Once we get everything installed and spent the first nine OTA days of getting everything in, it gave us a good understanding of what we were doing. You can’t tackle, but this is as close as you can get to playing real football.”
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com