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Getting Off to Strong Start Important

Posted by Gary Glenn on August 31, 2014 – 12:45 pm

Getting off to a strong start is important.

Over the past 10 years, six teams have a winning percentage of at least .600 through the season’s first month. Those six clubs have combined for 39 playoff berths and nine Super Bowl appearances, including four Super Bowl championships during that span.

The six teams with a .600+ winning percentage in the opening month over the past 10 seasons (2004-13):

New England: 23-8-0 ( .742)

Indianapolis: 22-10-0 (.688)

Seattle: 22-11-0 (.667)

Baltimore: 21-11-0 (.656)

Dallas: 21-11-0 (.656)

Denver: 22-12-0 (.647)


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – Halfway Through Preseason

Posted by Joe Fann on August 18, 2014 – 3:18 pm

Titans center Brian Schwenke is back with more inside information for what an NFL training camp is like from a player’s perspective.

Entry #7 – To the Bayou and Back

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We hit the road for the first time on Friday. It was a nice and easy flight to New Orleans, filled with more cards amongst the offensive linemen. When we got to the hotel, Andy Levitre, Michael Roos, Taylor Lewan, and I went to go find some dinner. We went to a restaurant called ‘Nola’, I’m pretty sure It’s Emril’s restaurant. Regardless, it was delicious. Fantastic food. We had some amazing appetizers, buttermilk fried chicken, and it was all amazing. After dinner and a few meetings we all crashed at the team hotel.

Having a late game Friday, we pretty much had the whole day to just kind of relax. We had some meetings but the most olineimportant part was that we got to sleep in. When you get to wake up at 10 a.m. you have to be happy about it. We did a little prep on New Orleans, not as much as we would for a regular season game but we still looked at a few of their pressures. We filtered through those just to give us somewhat of an idea for what to expect come game time. We knew that no matter what they would do a bunch of things that we weren’t expecting.

We left the game feeling really good about what we accomplished. Obviously you want to win, but the first goal is to play well together for us as an offense. It felt great those first few series where we drove the ball down the field and got points on the board.

The flight back to Nashville was rather uneventful, except for more cards of course. The game 7’s has stuck with our group which is rare. Usually we get sick of different games and always have to change it up. This is the first time a card game has stuck around this long. Any 20-minute break we get we are playing that game.

We landed at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning and had to come back to watch film later in the morning. We got the blood flowing a little bit with a walkthrough and then they let us off by 6:00 p.m. It was the first time we had a night off at home with a day off to follow. It was nice to have plenty of time to relax and get away from football.

My day off was filled with normal people stuff like grocery shopping, paying bills… You know, the fun stuff. Fear not though, I did sneak in a massage so I had no complaints. After a relaxing night of dinner and a movie with the wife, we got back after it today. It’s all about improving everyday and competing against our defense to make them better as well.

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Keep it logged on to TitansOnline.com for Schwenke’s preparation for the Titans third preseason game.


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – Preseason in Full Swing

Posted by Joe Fann on August 13, 2014 – 5:55 pm

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Titans center Brian Schwenke is back with more of the inside scoop for what an NFL training camp is like from a player’s perspective.

Entry #6 – In the Thick of it

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Our first preseason game last Saturday against the Packers brought a little bit of surprise weather. We weren’t expecting a monsoon but it’s part of he game and you have to deal with whatever mother nature wants to throw your way. We tried to deal with it the best we could and I think it was a great test for us in the preseason. For me, working on the center-to-quarterback exchange in a torrential downpour was a new experience. Most importantly though, we came back and won the game. I know it’s just the preseason, but all of us are such hyper-competitive people that we never want to lose.

On Sunday we had a much needed day off. As you can probably guess, I had another massage (because duh). My lovely massage… After that I relaxed and played video games. I used to like really competitive games, but now I like to control the speed and play one player games so I can relax. Right now I’m playing “The Last of Us” which is basically a game where you just shoot zombies. Like I said, relaxing. Oddly enough, my wife enjoys watching me play. We just sit there and she watches while I play. Seriously. She’s a keeper for sure. Then we had an amazing dinner of chicken medallions wrapped in bacon with cheesy potato casserole and asparagus. A movie and chocolate ice cream concluded the perfect day off.

We came back Monday and had a tough practice offensively. The defense showed up and played really well and we didn’t make the plays as an offense. Tuesday was a much better practice. It was very competitive and even got a little heated at points with a few scuffles. The offense made a ton of plays and redeemed our performance from Monday. If we keep practicing like this we’re going to have a very good team.

I’m looking forward to our first road trip this weekend. As long as the Super Dome doesn’t leak, it will be nice to be snapping a dry ball. I think this Friday against the Saints will be our first real chance to show what our offense is capable of.

Later days my friends. See you when we get back from the Big Easy.

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Keep it logged on to TitansOnline.com for Schwenke’s reaction to the Titans second preseason game.


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Wednesday Roster Moves

Posted by Joe Fann on August 13, 2014 – 2:52 pm

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The Tennessee Titans added veteran C Steve Vallos and LB Kendrick Adams to their roster. The Titans waived LB David Gilbert and OL Viondy Merisma to make room for the additions.

Vallos (6-3, 310) is a veteran of six NFL seasons and has 59 games of NFL experience. Last season, he played in 15 games for the AFC Champion Denver Broncos. He also saw time with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Seattle. Vallos entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection by the Seahawks in 2007, where he remained through the 2009 season. The Wake Forest product has logged nine starts during his pro career.

Adams (6-5, 250) entered the NFL as a undrafted free agent, who originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the past two seasons he spent time on the practice squads of Tampa Bay, Detroit, Cincinnati and New York Giants. He also spent the offseason and training camp with the Cleveland Browns last season. Adams played his college football at LSU, where he was a two-year starter and registered 6.5 sacks.


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Extra Sound – Defense Sets Tempo Monday; Offense Ready to Respond

Posted by Joe Fann on August 12, 2014 – 2:09 pm

After allowing a touchdown to the Packers on the opening possession Saturday, the Titans defense came out guns blazing on Monday – forcing numerous turnovers and mistakes from the offense. At one point, linebacker Wesley Woodyard started a “Defense (clap) (clap)” chant from the sideline.

Here is some of the reaction from the Titans locker room following Monday’s practice.

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Jason McCourty spoke about how the defense wasn’t pleased with their results Saturday and came out to practice ready to start fast:

“We didn’t come out and start that game the way we wanted to and we know for us that this year we love the fact that Whiz deferred and put us on the field first. One thing we have to do is start fast and we wanted to do that in today’s practice. You have to rebound. You’re not always going to play the game you want so you today we tried to come out and give a better effort.”

Jurrell Casey said that the defense is looking forward to seeing how the offense responds on Tuesday:

“We had an up day today. That’s the thing about camp. We just go back and forth and hopefully they come back at us tomorrow and compete. We’re going to keep trying to bring it day in and day out.”

Wide receiver Nate Washington mentioned that this is the first sign of adversity the offense has faced and will be a good test for the unit:

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“We just have to put it behind us. I’m not going to say days like today happen because they’re not supposed to. At the same time, it’s an ebb and flow type of game. When things are down you have to bounce back and when they’re going good you have to be able to ride that wave to come out and work hard enough to continue to get better. Today was one of those down days so it gives us the opportunity to face some adversity we haven’t faced yet.”

Jackie Battle explained that it’s just another challenge that comes during training camp:

“It’s another part of the process. Training camp is one of those things where you have days where things don’t click. It shows you what kind of team you have when you can overcome a day like this. Tomorrow is a big practice for us.”

Tuesday’s practice is the final session open to fans. You can watch #TitansLive from Saint Thomas Sports Park at TitansOnline.com starting at 3:00 p.m.


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – Almost Game Time

Posted by Joe Fann on August 8, 2014 – 5:03 pm

Titans Schwenke is back with more info on the Titans training camp.

Entry #5 – Preparing for the Packers

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The past two days have been really productive for the team. We’ve been working with different schwenkesituational drills which are important to carve out time for. We have certain plays for certain situations and it was good to work on those. It’s something you may never face all year, but you have to be prepared just in case it does.

Today we’re going to get a bit into Green Bay but we won’t spend too much time on it. Right now it’s all about focusing on what we’re doing and getting better. It’s a preseason game but we’re excited to get ready to go. We absolutely feel ready.

Going to Atlanta was a really huge step in our preparation. There will definitely be nerves for guys. Even though it’s a preseason game we treat it like the real thing and that adrenaline is still there. The only difference is that there’s a little bit less pressure. It’s full go and it’s real.

It’s also a good chance for a lot of guys to get a good look and prove themselves. We have 90-plus guys on our roster right now and there will only be 53 when the season starts. This is a chance for the guys who get cut to get film so other teams can see them play. It’s a small world in this league and everyone is always watching.

I can’t wait to see the fans at LP Field and putting that game jersey on.

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Keep it logged on to TitansOnline.com for Schwenke’s reaction to the Titans first preseason game.


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – To Atlanta and Back

Posted by Joe Fann on August 6, 2014 – 3:02 pm

As training camp rolls on, Titans center Brian Schwenke continues to provide you the players insight of what it’s like in the preseason.

Entry #4: The Road Trip

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It was great to have a practice in the stadium on Sunday and get that feeling again of being there. Then heading to Atlanta for Monday’s joint practice was really important for us. It was big to be able to go against someone that wasn’t our own guys. Not just cause you get sick of beating up on your own teammates but because you get different looks. I get so used to our d-lines pass rush moves and their techniques that I’m pretty good at countering them. When you go into a practice where you’ve never practiced against those guys (or seen a lick of film), it was really good for us to do that and to see how you play against _53V2184new talent. I thought we played really well against the Falcons. There were some nerves going in for everyone but we had a great practice. 

The trip was also a nice little bonding experience because we got about 10 hours of cards in amongst the o-line during the bus rides. We played cards pretty much the entire time to and from Atlanta. Let the record show that I was the champion on the trip down. The return trip wasn’t as kind to me so I’ll leave it at that. The game was called “7’s” and I have to Eric Olson credit for bringing it to us.

Then we got Tuesday off and I LOVE days off. I’m pumped that I was able to get my massage this time around (I know you were concerned about it) and get my body feeling a bit better. I was ready to go today and hit it hard with our game against Green Bay coming up.

Bonus update on Chance Warmack: Chance is doing great and grinding along through camp like the rest of us. He was multitasking on the bus rides to Atlanta playing cards and talking to his mom. It was really cool because his mom came to watch him practice against the Falcons along with one of his former coaches. Chance was happy, and when Chance is happy, I’m happy.

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Titans Waive QB Tyler Wilson

Posted by Joe Fann on August 6, 2014 – 9:32 am

Tyler WilsonThe Titans announced Monday morning that they have waived second year quarterback Tyler Wilson. Wilson was competing for the #3 QB spot on the depth chart with rookie Zach Mettenberger. The former fourth round pick for the Raiders spent much of the 2013 season on Oakland’s practice squad before the Titans signed him to their active roster late in the year.

The move makes room for defensive tackle Lanier Coleman who was signed today.

The team also placed tight end Dorin Dickerson on injured reserve and signed tight end Chase Coffman. Coffman has spent four seasons in the NFL and has 4 career catches for 41 yards. Coffman is a former third round pick for the Cincinnati Bengals.


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Schwenke Camp Diaries – On The Grind

Posted by Joe Fann on August 2, 2014 – 10:21 am

Titans center Brian Schwenke continues to give fans a look into training camp from a player’s perspective.

Entry #3: Keeping Healthy

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Everything was shaping up on Tuesday for a great day off on Wednesday. I had some big plans. I was going to get a massage, catch a movie with the wife, and play with my dogs. Like I said, big plans. All that went out the window when I took a knock to my leg at practice on Tuesday. My lovely massage turned into treatment in the training room on Wednesday. Nothing against our training staff, but you understand my disappointment. I was here (at the facility) pretty much the whole day, but I still got to go home and still watch a movie. I don’t even remember what movie it was, I was that disappointed about missing my massage. Injuries happen and getting back to the field becomes the priority at that point.Schwenke

The big positive about the whole thing was that with the day off Wednesday, there was no curfew on Tuesday night which meant I got to sleep in my own bed. If you read my first blog post, you know how important my bed is to me. That made the whole day off completely worth it.

We came back to practice on Thursday and I just did rehab to work to get healthy. I was able to practice on Friday’s for the open practice. I couldn’t miss a chance to play in front of the fans! Tomorrow we have a practice at the stadium followed by a family barbecue so I’m looking forward to that.

Until next time folks.

#TitanUp

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NFL Rule Changes for the 2014 Season

Posted by Joe Fann on August 1, 2014 – 7:30 pm

A team of NFL officials just gave local media a presentation of the new league rules. It was the same presentation/video that every player throughout the league has seen. Here are the notable changes.

- Players will no longer be able to dunk over the goalpost after scoring a touchdown. (Sorry Jimmy Graham)

- The offense will be called for a false start for any sudden/jerky movement made without walker2013season929snapping the football. (A quarterback flexing arms, bobbing head, etc.)

- Goalposts are five feet taller this season to lessen the amount of field goals/extra points that go straight over the upright. (Not necessarily a rule but still interesting)

- Head officials will have help at the league offices during replays. It will be automatically initiated once the challenge flag is thrown. The goal is to remove mistakes and speed up the process.

- Coaches now have the ability to challenge the recovery of a loose ball.

- Defensive holding will be called much stricter. Any grab or tug of the jersey will result in a holding call regardless if it “impeded” the offensive players progress or not.

- The clock will continue to run after any sack of the quarterback. (Clock used to stop until ball was placed)

- “Clipping” will be another point of emphasis. Offensive lineman will not be allowed to roll up on the side of a defenders leg. (Or from behind)

- Illegal use of the hands will be called more strictly on both sides of the football. No longer does the action have to be sustained, just forceful.

- The league will test moving extra points back to the 15 yard line (essentially a 25 yard field goal) during the first two weeks of the preseason. Regardless of the outcome, this wouldn’t become a rule until next season.There will be a zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct (taunting, abusive language of any kind)


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