Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker made headlines during the Super Bowl when he said there were “cancers” on the team last season during a 7-9 campaign.
Weeks later, new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says he's addressed Walker's concerns with him and instructed him to keep those issues within the team.
“I haven’t spent any time with the players yet, so I think everything is a fresh start,” Whisenhunt told the Tennessean. “I don’t worry so much about what was said about last year’s team. But we have very clear expectations for our players, meaning how we practice and how we work, and a big part of it is picking the right guys. Leadership and chemistry are big pieces of the puzzle, and we have to get the right guys that are leaders and we have to pick the right 53 that have that chemistry. Sometimes you have to make a decision to move on from a player, maybe even a good football player, because it is not the right fit for you. I am not saying that is the case here.
“I’m just saying the culture you create with your team is an important piece of it. I believe we have a lot of the right guys here. The thing about Delanie, I understand him being frustrated, but those kinds of things we don’t want voiced in the public. We want to keep those in-house and we want to address those things. We discussed that — Delaine and I did — and I am certainly comfortable with how that discussion went, and I don’t think there will be any issues going forward.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun