Pleased Munchak cuts short minicamp
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:00 pm
By TERESA WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Coach Mike Munchak knows from personal experience how tough practicing three straight days can be, so he decided to give his Tennessee Titans a break.
He decided at the beginning of the workouts that he would hold a two-day minicamp, which ended their offseason program Wednesday.
Munchak broke the news to his Titans on Tuesday as they started their mandatory minicamp. The rookies had to stick around today, but the veterans are free until the team reports back July 24 for the start of training camp.
“I felt they came out and did exactly what we asked them to do, so I thought there was no reason to do it three days in a row,” Munchak said.
“I feel we’re in a good spot. I don’t know that one more day could’ve put us any better.”
Munchak already had changed up the format of his minicamp with his coordinators not scripting the practices and Jake Locker and the other quarterbacks calling plays in the huddle.
Instead, they treated both days as a game with officials calling penalties and the Titans working through everything from goal line to two-minute and four-minute situations, pumping up the tempo to more of a preseason game pace.
“We got a lot of great work done,” running back Chris Johnson said. “A lot of in-game tempo and just work just to see how it goes in game and stuff like that instead of scripted plays.”
The rookies must stick around another day before the draft picks head to the mandated NFL rookie symposium.
Receiver Kenny Britt said the players appreciate Munchak trying to take care of their bodies and avoid overworking them. Getting a day off is very welcome.
“We’re definitely excited about that, but everybody brung a different level to the game this OTAs,” Britt said. “Everybody had a passion when they stepped on the field. There were no days where we came into the weight room and nobody wanted to lift.
“There were no guys who had their heads down. Most of the guys out there they were running hard, working hard and looking enthusiastic.”
Munchak also swapped out the final day of the organized team activities last week by taking his players and coaches to the movies to see “World War Z.”
On Wednesday, they threw a family picnic after the final practice, something that they traditionally hold closer to the start of the regular season.
Published in The Messenger 6.20.13