NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Voluntary veteran minicamp got underway Tuesday for the Tennessee Titans as the team continues its offseason conditioning program. Rookie head coach Mike Vrabel appears pleased with what he saw.
“There were too many balls on the ground,” Vrabel said of Day 1. “But I think for the most part it was good. (The players) knew what to do and they were excited. The guys I thought hustled. We’re never going to be perfect; that’s the thing I tried to explain to them. Football is not a perfect game. It is a game that is played by grown men, big men that move fast and things aren’t going to look like the pictures a lot of the time that we put it on the board.”
Following a season where Tennessee made the postseason for the first time since 2008 and secured its first playoff win since 2003, the team and former head coach Mike Mularkey parted ways this January; Vrabel was hired the following week to fill Mularkey’s role. The former defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans, Vrabel did say that he had watched all of the Titans OTAs and minicamp from a year ago but did not provide further comparisons between how he and Mularkey ran their practices.
Vrabel explained that his coaching staff will be working on a limited set of plays, both offensively and defensively, as minicamp progresses to help familiarize players with the new terminology for play calls.
“We just have to come out and get better,” Vrabel responded when asked about the importance of this time of year. “We have to focus on things to get better every day. We have to find ways to get our system in. I think the guys can learn it but, when they get out there and they are against another defense and moving bodies, this is the first time they have been able to practice the plays that they’ve been studying for two weeks.”
Tennessee’s three-day voluntary minicamp continues with practices Wednesday and concludes Thursday. OTAs will begin Monday, May 21st.