NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the Titans continue to install different parts of the offense, Saturday night’s practice at LP Field will be a big step forward in preparations for game situations. This comes after the team spent a good portion of Friday’s practice working on the hurry-up offense and the two-minute drill.
The following drives provided mixed results on both sides of the football, but overall head coach Ken Whisenhunt was pleased with what he saw.
“The actual two-minute drive part, I thought we did it pretty good,” said Whisenhunt. “The first unit moved it downfield. The second unit had to convert a fourth and long, then there was a question on the last play of whether it was a sack or not, but we’ll look at it on the tape. I think the mechanics of it, overall, were pretty good. They moved ball, made the situations that we thought were critical work the right way for us.”
That progression will continue tonight at LP Field. The training wheels won’t be completely removed, but it will be as close to live as the Titans have had for any sustained period during camp thus far.
“We’re going to try to make it as much like a game situation as we can,” said Whisenhunt. “We’ll give each group an opportunity for a 12-play drive, and how far they take it depends on how the plays go. It’s not going to be live. Some of it will be a little bit of judgment, but hopefully we’ll get some movement down the field. We’ll get some work in different areas, and we’ll also get to kick in the stadium, which I think is good, as well.”
For Whisenhunt, it will be the first time inside LP Field as the head coach of the Titans. He said Saturday night’s practice is going to build his excitement for the team’s first preseason game against Green Bay on August 9th.
The players and coaches alike are looking forward to new scenery and a change in routine. The drudge of camp needs to be mixed in with different looks and environments.
“I think it’s good to change what’s going on, change the routine and see how they respond. Going to the stadium is something that’s different,” Whisenhunt said.
First pads, then officials, then a practice under the stadium lights, all followed by a joint practice with the Falcons on Monday. Step by step the Titans are readying themselves for the real thing. It’s finally starting to feel like football season is upon us.