NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Titans' extreme makeover of their offensive line is complete for now.
Coach Mike Munchak said Monday they knew having three new starters on the offensive line was a possibility as they worked to improve the line where injuries sidelined four starters last season. Helping the transition is that both left guard
Munchak, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman as a player himself, sounds very confident in his new offensive line.
"I think when it all plays out that it's going to be a strength of this football team how we play up front,'' Munchak said.
Turner has been in the league since 2007, and he has played in 57 games over six seasons. He got most of his experience as a starter last season with St. Louis where he started 16 games, including nine at center. He beat out Velasco, who started 13 games at center last season after starter Eugene Amano tore a tricep muscle in training camp.
Turner wound up starting three of the four preseason games, and his play helped him win the job. The Titans chose Spencer to back up both center and guard, leaving Velasco the odd man out at a savings of $1.4 million to the Titans on his contract.
Munchak said they like Turner's size at 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds. Turner also helps command the huddle well, which Munchak said will be a help to quarterback
"It's good for him,'' Munchak said. "It's a tough deal when three guys, really four we felt could all play the spot.''
Warmack, the 10th draft selection overall out of Alabama, said he feels comfortable working beside Turner.
"I'm the youngest one on the line age-wise and experience-wise,'' Warmack said. "I'm looking at everybody. How they use their technique and what adjustments they make on the line. I'm learning from everybody, Rob most of all because I'm playing right next to him.''
"We want to be that group our offense looks up to,'' Levitre said. "`Hey, we need to play like these guys.' That's kind of how we came into training camp as being that group like, `Man these guys get after people. We want to be like these guys.' We want the guys in this locker room to see us as the leaders.''
NOTES: Munchak also announced that veteran