New Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey have consistently talked about finding players who fit what they are looking for, which includes players who are of the team first mentality.
Along with finding those type individuals who put team first to mold into a cohesive team unit, Robinson and Mularkey have set about to change the culture from top to bottom which includes attention to detail in the smallest manner to promote that team first culture.
On Tuesday when the Titans took to the field for their first full roster OTA that included both rookies and veterans, the first thing most in attendance noticed was the removal of the players nameplates from the back of the jersey. It's a small tough in the grand scheme of things, but it is another step in promoting team first as now the only names on those jerseys that players wear daily is the name Titans on the front.
“That’s just something I’m familiar with. Jon was familiar with it. It’s really about the name on the front of the jersey that we’re talking about and always have been talking about, and it’s different. It’s change. It’s things I’m familiar with with Pittsburgh and he is with New England,” Mularkey said.
What exactly do Pittsburgh and New England have in common?
Multiple Super Bowl trophy's and winning cultures, both are things the Titans are looking to build and earn with this new attitude and culture in Nashville.
Another small, but very noticeable change witnessed on the Titans practice field Tuesday was general manager Jon Robinson.
It's not uncommon to have seen other former general managers from Floyd Reese to Ruston Webster on the field watching the team work.
So what was different about Robinson?
What was different was that Robinson, clad in a Titans jacket, shorts and running shoes was standing on the field, notebook and pen in hand, making notes and sprinting from end to end when the team changed directions.
It's just another point in the attention to detail attitude that Robinson is bringing to the franchise.
He is in charge of this roster and he won't be unarmed when ti comes time for the roster cuts to be made and for the Titans to be able to add players to the bottom portion of the roster as cuts begin to happen with other teams in training camp.
This 89 man roster we are seeing in OTA's will likely have some new additions when we see the 53 man roster for game one of the regular season.
Robinson wants competition and the best 53 man roster he can create and he will not be shy about turning over the roster to achieve that goal.
Everyone inside that locker room- with the exception of a select few named Mariota, Casey, Walker, Orakpo and a few more- are on notice that their attitude, work ethic and play will determine their future with this organization. After all, Robinson is not "married" to the majority of this roster and he is here to win and not make friends in the locker room with guys who don't produce.
It's definitely a new day in Titan-land and everyone better forget their names and think Titans. The nameplates on the back of the practice jersey's are a reminder of that fact for everyone.