Friday, July 30, 2010
Notes from Jeff Fisher's opener
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –- A few things Jeff Fisher said at his camp opening press conference.
- Some of Lane Kiffin’s recent thinking is absurd. News story on it here.
- Rookies report Friday evening. The first mandatory thing of camp for everyone is a Saturday breakfast. There is then conditioning testing. Players who attended 80 percent of offseason workouts run 300-yard shuttles in 50-yard spurts; those who did not attend have to stop and turn twice as frequently running in 25-yard bursts.
- He has no reason to expect linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who stayed away for the offseason upset that he didn’t get a long-term deal instead of a restricted free agent tender, not to show up.
- Linebacker David Thornton is healthier, but could still possibly land on the PUP list. Fisher expects him to play in the preseason.
- The Titans had been in some contact with Keith Bulluck, the veteran who recently signed with the Giants, despite Bulluck’s claim that he had talked with no one from the team since February.
- New running backs coach Craig Johnson will get extra assistance from coordinator Mike Heimerdinger if needed during the transition.
- It’s unrealistic to talk Super Bowl on Day One. Fisher operates in much smaller increments, setting short term goals for his team, he said. And any good from last year has to be rebuilt. “You can’t escrow stuff and withdraw it,” he said.
- A guy that rarely says something surprised him, or he didn’t anticipate something again took the blame for last year’s return issues: “I didn’t address that adequately enough,” he said.