Now a head coach, Munchak put his Titans through a mock game Saturday at LP Field to get them ready.
|Titans coach Mike Munchak addresses the Titans after their mock game Saturday. Click here for a slideshow.|
"I always thought that this is what you want to do," Munchak said. "Bring them over, get that all out of the way. They didn't even know where to park. I mean these guys haven't been over to the S lot. I think all those things are just little things you want to cover, give a peace of mind. Then Thursday, they just worry about playing football."
A year ago, Munchak had his Titans work against the Atlanta Falcons to break up training camp and prep for the preseason opener. Munchak said he likes practicing against another team every year if they can work it out, but that didn't happen this year.
So the Titans headed to LP Field to prep for Thursday night's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.
To create a more game-like atmosphere, the mock game was open to season-ticket holders, and about 5,000 turned out. The Titans got to glance up at instant replay on the massive videoboards at each end of the field. Beer vendors worked the aisles, the team's cheerleaders entertained at halftime and the team mascot gave out plenty of T-shirts.
The Titans also simulated the game by using headsets with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray upstairs with other assistants in the coaches' box, while senior defensive assistant coach Gregg Williams was on the sideline along with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggans. They even used photos to check between series to see what the defense was calling.
Locker was 6 of 7 in a 2-minute drive before spiking the ball with 7 seconds left on the clock to set up a field goal try in another drill.
"It's nice to end in the green zone with the TD to Kenny Britt," Munchak said. "You hope you're going to see a lot of that. The 2-minute drive driving us down for a field goal, that was good again."
Locker seemed to warm up with a 30-yard pass to
"It felt good," Locker said. "You know the defense threw some looks at us we hadn't seen yet, so they threw a few wrinkles in we had to get adjusted to and I thought we were able to do it and put a couple good drives together."
Another touchdown pass to Wright was completed only because defenders couldn't sack Locker, and end
"We made some progressive steps in the right direction. We just have to keep being critical of ourselves to be where we want to be," Morgan said.
Notes: Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews headed to catch a flight up to Canton as Hall of Fame linemen themselves, and pass rush assistant coach Keith Millard was going with them. Millard was a former Minnesota teammate of receiver Cris Carter, who was being inducted Saturday night. ...