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Wednesday's Training Camp Notes

Posted Aug 4, 2010

Head coach Jeff Fisher interacts with NFL officials that were on hand for Wednesday's practice.
Quick Hits from Camp

• In Wednesday’s practice, sponsored by Academy Sports and Outdoors, Titans players wore full pads and played under the lights in the first evening practice of training camp.

• NFL referees were on hand for tonight’s practice, including veteran official Ed Hochuli.

• During the one-on-one drill, quarterback Chris Simms aired out a perfect 40-yard pass, which was hauled in by wide receiver Kenny Britt down the right sideline.

• In the nine-on-seven drill, Sen’Derrick Marks shined on defense. The drill was also highlighted by an impressive run up the middle by running back LeGarrette Blount.

• Kicker Rob Bironas showed off his strength, landing several field goal kicks on the roof of the facility.

• In the only fumble of the day, cornerback Pete Ittersagen scooped up a ball dropped by Chris Simms.

• After practice, wide receiver Bobby Sewall stayed on the field to pick up tips from Kenny Britt.

Off the Field Q&A with Chris Simms

What’s your favorite animal?

“Tiger.” 

What’s your favorite place to eat?

“Around here, I’d say Café Nonna. It’s an Italian restaurant here in town that I really like.”

What’s your favorite thing to do in Nashville?

“I would say going out to the countryside in Franklin. I go out there with my little girl and my wife. We feed carrots to the horses and donkeys. I love the pretty scenery, honestly. I just think it’s a pretty area altogether.”

What did you do during the offseason?

“Did a lot of football. I took a vacation to Barbados with my whole family – mom, dad, sister, brother. Other than that, it was just a whole lot of football.”

What’s your favorite hobby off the field?

“I’m a pretty big Backgammon player. I also like a little poker – Texas Hold ‘Em.”

Who is the worst singer in the locker room?

“It’s somebody in the defensive line group. They like to play their own tapes over there.”

Who is the best quarterback of all time?

“John Elway.”

If you were on a reality TV show, which one would it be?

“I wouldn’t want to be on any of them. I’m from Jersey, so maybe I’d be on ‘Jersey Shore.’ I don’t think I’d fit in with that group, but I could maybe tolerate them.”

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

“How could you not want to fly? That would be my choice.”

What are your plans after football?

“I would like to be a coach in the NFL one day. Kind of start there and maybe even be ambitious one day and become a head coach.”

Jeff Fisher Quotes

(on the if he got the energy he wanted out of the team during tonight’s practice)

Yeah, it was really good.  We went back and looked at the tape and yesterday’s session was really good.  We got a lot of work done in tough conditions.  So, we recovered, had a real productive walkthrough today and they were looking forward to practicing tonight—and they need to.  Things are coming along, they are in good shape and it was the first padded practice and I thought it was pretty good.

(on how the officials being at practice affected the players)

Oh yeah, it’s always a great three or four days when they come in.  We’ve got some rule changes, the umpire is now on the other side of the line of scrimmage and they need the work.  It was their first opportunity to get live reps, we told the team that we asked them to throw the flags and then just explain the infractions and the fouls and we’ll continue to do that.  We have to clean some line-of-scrimmage things up, but so far things have gone well.

(on if working the cornerbacks on both sides of the field makes the defense stronger as a whole)

What happens is sometimes you get guys, like we’ve had over the years, who just lock in to the left side and the right side and you may lose one and you may take your better corner and put him on the other side and you actually end up hurting yourself in both places.  So, having the familiarity and being comfortable on both sides you can move them around and match up if you choose to do so week-to-week and guys can step in and play.  We’ve had backups in the recent past, Eric King for example, that was proficient from both sides and he’d come off the bench and make plays because he was used to playing both sides.

(on LeGarrette Blount)

You know, he’s what you call a north-south runner.  He’s not a straight line, he’s got good change in direction but he doesn’t have the body type to get the edge, so that being said he runs low, he runs behind his pads, he pushes piles and that’s why he’s here.

(on whether there are guys who will make this team strictly based on their play on special teams)

There is, potentially yeah.  There are a few guys who not only will make the 53 but getting to the 45 in the regular season—special teams is going to have a huge emphasis on that.

Daily Trivia Question (answer on Thursday, August 5)

Who is the only Titans player who is originally from Tennessee?

Answer to yesterday’s trivia question

Ken Amato and Donnie Nickey, who are both in their eighth year with the Titans

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