Film room has new Titan coach busy
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:06 pm
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — As a former offensive lineman, Titans coach Mike Munchak can sit and watch film for days on end. That’s proving a helpful quality as the NFL lockout just keeps going and going.
Munchak, the Hall of Fame lineman, is making up for lost time with players by planning away.
He has a schedule ready if a new labor deal is reached in time to allow for organized team activities in June. He’s consulted with assistants in devising his first training camp. His coordinators have the offensive and defensive playbooks ready, and he even has coaches preparing game plans for the Titans’ first two opponents of 2011.
And Munchak believes the notion his Titans are in trouble due to him being the last head coach hired is overblown. He said all NFL teams are disadvantaged right now.
“We’ve got great coaches here and good workers as players. I think once they get in here, no matter what the time frame is, I think we should have no problem catching up,” Munchak said.
One of his safeties, Michael Griffin, is among those unsure how the Titans will react to the coaching change due to the lockout. Speaking on 104.9 The Horn in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Griffin said it’s hard to have organized practices when players don’t know the new coaching staff’s plans.
“I think the Tennessee Titans right now may be in the worst situation of all teams,” Griffin said.
Asked about Griffin’s comment, Munchak said such concerns won’t be as big an issue as some think.
“Now, is there a little more comfort knowing maybe a player is working out thinking he has a better feel of what’s going to be asked of him? I’m sure there’s more peace of mind if you have the same staff,” Munchak said.
“On the other side of that, it’s a nice breath of fresh air coming into something that’s going to be a little different. And it’s up to us once they come in to make sure that’s not something that is too overwhelming.”
Published in The Messenger 5.26.11