Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt described Wednesday morning’s practice as “sluggish.”
Following a very spirited and physical practice on Monday night, and an off day Tuesday, both their head coach and players alike agreed that this practice did not live up to what we witnessed here on Monday.
”Sluggish. There were some good things, some bad things, but we were sluggish. We had to weigh in today, a few guys were a bit heavy. But that’s good, it’s a learning experience and there’s some things we’ve got to push through” said Whisenhunt in the opening statement of his after practice press conference.
”Well the tempo at times was good, but you recognize that that’s (the day off) part of it. We move the schedule around, you put things in there to see how they respond and we’ll learn from this,” continued Whisenhunt. “It was good to see some of the vets recognize it and talk about it, hopefully that’s progress.”
Right guard Andy Levitre agreed with his coaches assessment of practice.
”Yeah, I didn’t thing we came out with as much energy,” said Levitre. “Just from an offensive line standpoint, as we had finishing up the other day. It’s one of those things you’ve got to push through, even if you don’t have the energy you’ve got to bring what you can to the table and push through.”
Linebacker Brian Orakpo echoed the sentiments of his coach and teammates.
”We started of very, very slow,” said Orakpo. “I thought things seemed to pick up midway through practice, but we have to avoid those slow type of days when we’re coming off an off day and that’s how we’re going to get better as a team.”
While the intensity and physical nature of Wednesday’s practice was down, there were still some good plays and the team held it’s first full contact, live tackling period of camp.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota continued to impress onlookers with his accuracy as he finished his fifth consecutive training camp practice without an interception. He was also 10 of 13 passing in the team portion of the day, with his three incompletions all coming on drops by Delanie Walker, Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham.
Defensively Orakpo took more practice reps on Wednesday and showed his speed off the edge in rush situations.
The Titans will open Thursday’s practice to fans as the team will take to the field for an afternoon practice at St. Thomas Sports Park for their sixth practice of training camp.