They are practicing without the player-coach helmet communication system during training camp.
"That's just part of the process of getting better at what we're going to see a lot during the season is no-huddle and people trying to take advantage of that and trying to frustrate you and trying to get you not lined up right,'' Titans coach Mike Munchak said Thursday.
"So we're working on all different ways to communicate with the players on the field, like all teams do, but something we need to get better at and work at it.''
Three to four people are signaling in plays to the defense, with the Titans expected to look to the sideline for the call. The move avoids having to huddle up and get the signal from the person wearing the helmet with the coordinator's voice in his ear, and that buys precious time to prepare for whatever the offense is trying to do.
"That headset could go off anytime in the game,'' linebacker
The Titans had plenty of issues last year using the helmet device when middle linebacker
Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said they are making every defensive player learn the signals.
"We're going through signal call meetings and all those things, and that's what I think we got to make sure we're ahead of the curve instead of waiting till something happens,'' Gray said. "Let's go out and make it happen. Be in front of it.''
For defenders, it's pretty easy to fall back into old habits. Cornerback
"When you get in a game with Tom Brady or a guy like Peyton Manning and they're not huddling and they're getting to the line and moving fast, we got to be able, especially the guys in the secondary, we don't always have time to get to the huddle, so to be able to look to the sideline, you can get the signal and go,'' McCourty said.
"Everybody's already in their spots and you can get down,'' Casey said. "Once you get down in your stance, offensive linemen, they don't know how to figure out certain things. It gives us a little bit of an advantage.''
Having time - even two or three seconds - can help defenders focus on the next play and stop worrying about what just happened.
"We always say on defense, stay ahead of the offense,'' McCourty said. "When they're shifting and they're motioning and giving you different things, if you're not aligned right before the snap you're not going to be able to beat the play. So as much as we can get started before they do, that's going to help us in the long run.''
NOTES: McCarthy missed practice Thursday and will have an MRI for what Munchak called a sore leg. McCarthy just practiced with the first-team defense for the first time Wednesday. ...