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Loggains Wants to Simplify Play Call Verbiage

Posted by Gary Glenn on February 12, 2013 – 2:05 pm

Titans, PackersOffensive coordinator Dowell Loggains wants to shorten and simplify the verbiage for his players in 2013, enabling them to focus more on making plays than thinking about where they need to be on the football field.

“Let them get out of the huddle knowing what to do so they can figure out what they have to do to make the play successful,” Loggains said during an interview Tuesday morning on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. “They shouldn’t be breaking the huddle wondering what the play is and where they need to line up…once you break the huddle, now you can think about what you have to do and how you’re going to do it.”

As players become more confident in processing play calls, they will play faster and become more productive, Loggains said.

“I believe that once these guys know where everyone is supposed to be, they can play fast and there will be less reads in the offense than there have been in years past,” he said. “I think that’s the biggest thing — where their confidence can go to the next level.”

Loggains hit on several other topics Tuesday:

(on the development of Jake Locker)

“We wanted to grade Jake on how he really played and the thing that stood out was that once we started getting banged up around him, that’s when he was trying to do too much because he felt it was on him to make a play. I do believe the injury to his shoulder affected him as the season went on.”

(on Locker pressing late in the season)

“I think at the end of the season he was trying to do too much. In the Green Bay game when Mike Otto got sick and we were playing with all those new linemen, I think in his mind if he didn’t step up and have his best game, we didn’t have a chance. I think he put too much on himself. It really slowed him down. And as you know, when you try to do too much, it’s the worst thing you can do because you’re not going to play fast and you’re going to hurt your football team by doing that.”

(on Locker’s accuracy)

“I don’t consider it as big of an issue as people make it out to be. It’s a combination of Jake being on the same page with the receivers, the pass protection holding up and him making the throws that he needs to make. It falls somewhere in between all three of them. When you’re synced up with the receivers and getting protected, it’s your job to make the play and he needs to go do that.”

(on if Titans will incorporate the “pistol” offense like San Francisco used with Colin Kaepernick)

It’s something we’re definitely going to study. It’s not too far off from what we were doing as a coaching staff in 2006 and 2007 with Vince Young. The biggest thing is the quarterback’s ability to run the ball. When you make that kind of commitment that we have a running quarterback and we’re going to do some of that stuff, it can hide the formation a little bit — what side the back is going to and hide what side the zone read is going to be.

(on expectations for Kenny Britt in 2013)

My expectations are very high for Kenny because I know what type of player he can be. He needs to step up and take his game to the next level, both on and off the field because we are expecting a lot from him and he can be a really special football player. When he’s healthy, he’s as good as anyone in the league.

(on things Britt needs to work on)

He needs to work on getting off press (coverage). I think that showed up in the Monday night game against the Jets. He really struggled against Antonio Cromartie. You saw the wiggle that Kendall Wright has, and he separated against Cromartie. That’s the biggest thing that Kenny needs to improve on. Our new wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson is really going to be able to help him with that.

(on his assessment of Kendall Wright’s rookie season)

I thought Kendall played better than what most rookies play. He was a first-year player coming out of the spread offense and gave us a little taste of what he can do. He’s extremely quick and is a really good kid. Football is important to him and we expect him to have a better year than he did last year.

(on getting Chris Johnson back to his 2009 form)

I went back and watched all of our 2008 and 2009 games, and some from 2010 — and the biggest thing for Chris was he was our leading receiver. He had 50 receptions and averaged 10 yards a catch. Watching that film compared to this year, getting him back involved in the passing game will help open up the run game as much as anything. That’s a weapon that is hard to find.

(on potentially adding a bruising running back to compliment Johnson)

I think if you’re going to run to win and you get into the four minute offense where you’re up and you need to start pounding people, it’s really important for us to find that guy that can take a little burden off Chris and maybe play some third down stuff just from the simple fact that’s six or seven collisions that Chris isn’t going to take that will help prolong his career because he’s a smaller guy with speed. During the LenDale White/Chris Johnson “Smash and Dash” season (in 2008), LenDale had 15 touchdowns and took a lot of the burden off Chris. It brings a different element to your offense.

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11 Responses to “Loggains Wants to Simplify Play Call Verbiage”

  1. By thepuff on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    I’m optimistic about this coming season, but my optimism is contingent on the free agents we sign and if we have a good draft.

  2. By franklin p jr. on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    i wish i could say i was optimistic too. i just don’t think lockers the man, that being said i know the titans arent going to draft a qb in this weak class.Plus most likely aren’t going to look for one in free agency. so i REALLY hope im wrong and jake was just hurt last year and he comes out bombing on everyone. but other than that yea i like all our skilled positions, HB,WR’s TE’s ect. and on defense we do have a ways to go though. i wouldn’t mind a saftey opposite of griffin (glover quinn is a good option if texans dont re-sigh or fran. tag em) maybe another solid corner i like verner and j-mac but after that we start getting pretty weak…i LOVE our LB core, if they can stay healthy atleast other than that i wouldnt mind seeing a DT clogging the middle like Haynesworth used to..i do like klug still even though his numbers drop from last year….

  3. By GMorris on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    I really do believe in Jake but i hope he does too as a titan fan im tired of shuffling around quarterbacks…..for the past few years we have been a cant convert on third down team and cant stop and nosebleed on defense im tired so tired of it

  4. By addicted2football on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t give up on Jake just yet guys, last season was his 2nd year but 1st as the starter, yes he was injured and our O line sucked balls too. Fix the O line and keep Jake upright and I bet by mid-season everybody will be talking about how happy they are with his performance. We’ve all been around football long enough to have heard the saying “A QB’s best friends are a solid O line and a strong run game” but last year Jake had neither. Keep the faith and GO TITANS!!!!!

  5. By fredrick boothman on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    when they draft chance warmack og round 1 larry warfolk og round 2 and defense rest of draft will turn titans into to team to make superbowl run the offense will hard to stop for once with better protection and bigger holes to run through spells unstopable offensive . the we have williams making defense better with the help of free agency and drafted players the defense should be much better to go titans

  6. By fredrick boothman on Feb 13, 2013 | Reply

    with that new offensive line jake locker will much better qb you will see it bare fruit

  7. By EBTITAN on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply


  8. By Kevin on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    I wasn’t so sure of Loggains and he will still have to prove he can run the offense but I like what he has mentioned here. Especially with a more simple playbook so that players can just do instead of decide and make decisions in the middle of a play. Also the Titans really need another lenDale, to save Chris Johnson’s legs and because CJ can’t be a power back in short yardage..

  9. By fredrick boothman on Feb 17, 2013 | Reply

    loggains can simplefy offense by drafting og in first and second round thats right two mean and nasty ogs

  10. By truetitans84 on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    Fredrick every comment you have made on each article is about Warmack and Warfolk but Warmack wont be available at 10 given that 4 teams ahead of us, including the woeful OLine that is the Jets, need Guards to protect highly talented RBs or fledging QBs as well. The Titans will sign a Guard in free agency, draft a DE in the 1st round Werner, Mingo, Ansah (depending on who is still available) and draft a Guard for cheaper in round 2. I hate to burst your bubble like that but the NFL is a business and just like any business the Titans try and maximize annual revenue winning games while keeping the cost as low as possible. At number 10 it would cost too much to draft a position that you already helped fill in free agency.

  11. By Brandon on Feb 20, 2013 | Reply

    With the o-line too, you have to remember that most of our o-line starters were injured or put on IR. We just need more starter ready players/back-ups. Also Locker made rookie mistakes. He just has to go through the growing pains. He shows glimpses of hope and that he can play. Im really not worried about his accuracy. It Loggains said, “I don’t consider it as big of an issue as people make it out to be. It’s a combination of Jake being on the same page with the receivers, the pass protection holding up and him making the throws that he needs to make.” Dont give up on him yet. This year is a good year to be optimistic. Have faith guys!! The Titans are going to be a big shocker in 2013:)

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