NASHVILLE, Tenn – Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said there is plenty to learn from Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers as he spoke to reporters Sunday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
“You can always get something out of it,” he said. “It was an opportunity to evaluate our team. There’s always something you can assess from that situation.
Heavy rain throughout the evening provided plenty of challenges, including miscommunication from the coaches on the field to the coaches upstairs after the headsets went out multiple times during the game.
Despite what Whisenhunt said was the worst weather he’s ever seen in terms of playing with a wet ball, he was pleased with the overall success in the exchange between long snapper
There’s no denying the unexpected storm did change the game plan. Both
“We have a plan for Jake as far as trying to get him snaps,” Whisenhunt said. “The conditions last night were very difficult. When Jake was playing it was hard to throw the football. You could say all you want that you should call more passes to see if Jake can throw it in that [weather] but you’re being counterproductive from the standpoint of if you can’t throw the ball then it’s not doing you any good.
“He’ll get opportunities to see where he is but you have to understand, too, that we’ve seen a lot of him on the practice field and it’s been very positive,” Whisenhunt continued on his quarterback. “I’ve said all along I’m very excited about Jake and have been very pleased with how he’s working.”
The lack of a sustained passing game made it hard for receivers to stand out, with
Two additional areas Whisenhunt was pleased in were red zone efficiency and third down percentage.
The Titans went a perfect 3-of-3 in the red zone while the Packers converted on only one of their two trips inside the 20. Additionally, The Titans converted 46.2 percent (6-13) of their third downs and held the Packers to just 33 percent (4-12).
Getting a win after spending 60 minutes soaking wet should help the Titans continue the positive trend they’ve built throughout camp. It’s something that many players have mentioned, but everyone has taken the approach that there are “no bad days.”
It’s important for players to stand out in the Titans four preseason games, but Whisenhunt reminded everyone on Monday that so much more goes into evaluations.
“It’s not about one or two plays in a preseason game,” he said. “It’s about a body of work. There’s a lot that you’re evaluating over the course of the preseason and camp. It is important how these guys bounce back [from mistakes]. You’re going against good football players, so there’s going to be times when you make mistakes. If you can respond from those that’s what’s really important.”
The body of work continues Monday afternoon when the Titans return to practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park at 2:50 p.m. CT., the first of two final practices open to the public this week.