NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After Monday’s practice, there wasn’t one player on the offensive side of the ball that felt good about the unit’s performance.
Subdued would be much too strong a word to describe the mood in the Titans locker room, but frustration was evident after the defense dominated a day that included too many interceptions, fumbled snaps and dropped passes by the offense.
Tuesday was a different story.
“They [the offense] definitely responded from yesterday. We set the tone yesterday, made a lot of plays and essentially won the practice,” said safety
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt and his offensive players explained yesterday how the group responded on Tuesday would be a defining moment of camp.
Just 24 hours earlier, the ordinary felt straining, but Titans playmakers made the spectacular seem pedestrian on Tuesday.
“I think that’s part of camp,” said Locker. “You’re going against each other daily and at some point one side gets the better of the other. It’s all about how you bounce back. I thought we did a great job of competing today and having a really good practice.”
The red zone portion of team drills is when things really heated up from an emotional stand point. The offense had no intention of letting up after Monday’s meltdown, and the defense grew tired of giving ground.
The offensive efficiency continued to begin the drill, with Jake Locker finding tight end
“Even though we’re family, we’re out there fighting for jobs and trying to improve our skillsets,” said Wilson. “There’s going to be days when it gets testy, but we always do a good job of keeping a team-first mentality. Coach does a good job of getting us refocused and back on task after everything breaks up.”
Whisenhunt saw nothing wrong with the scrap.
“I think we’ve gotten a lot of good work done,” said Whisenhunt. “You’re going to have days like this. It’s an emotional game. We had a good battle going in the red zone. That’s an important area. After yesterday when the offense was shut out it was nice to see them respond today the way they did.”
No one in the Titans locker room would argue fighting is a good thing, but everyone kept things in perspective, knowing occasional battles can ramp up the intensity of practice.
“You love to have that competition. You’ve got two sides pushing each other and then we scuffle,” said running back
“It was good to see that feistiness and that fight because at the end of the day we have to go to battle against another team,” said Wilson. “We have to depend on the man next to us and you want to know that the man next to you has your back.”
“To see everyone backing each other up, that’s the growth that’s here,” Pollard said proudly. “That didn’t happen last year. We have to take pride in what we do.”
After the dust settled, the defense left the red zone drills with the last laugh, when cornerback
Today felt like a day where the Titans took a big step forward in their preparation for the team’s second preseason contest Friday against the Saints.
“It has to be a controlled anger on Sundays. We have to fight for each other and fight for this city to bring home W’s,” said Pollard. “For all of us, it was just a good day today.”