Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Titans learn technique in pads
By Paul Kuharsky
Before we knew the limitations on camp practices that would be part of the new CBA, Mike Munchak talked somewhat longingly about working the first version of his Titans hard and with a purpose.
There would have been some padded two-a-days if they were allowed.
As they aren’t, he’s still doing the best he can in the parameters he’s been given.
So the Titans practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in pads, with today’s practice moved from 3 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. to line up with the time of day the Titans will play their opener in Jacksonville.
Here’s what Munchak told the Tennessee press about the physical work:
“I talked to these guys when we first got started; I told them that we all know the game is played in pads. I think you have to learn technique with pads on, as far as bending your knees, form tackling, all those things. I think you get in a lot of bad habits when you just constantly don’t have the pads on. You don’t have to go out and be out of control just because you have pads on, you can practice smart. I think we’re learning how to practice as a team now with pads on.
“I think that’s important just to be able to do, especially this early in camp before the preseason games. The preseason game takes us to the next level. Now it’s tackling, now it’s the rest of the things we haven’t done here in camp. So, we’ll have to see how that goes, but I think it’s just important for our mindset. Having the pads on really doesn’t mean anything; it’s just like coming out with anything on. We’re just going to do our work, no matter what we are wearing, and have great tempo and get things done. It’s more about the technique part of it, and really to keep guys from getting hurt hitting shoulders.”
I like the rationale. And I know he wishes he could do it twice a day, just a couple times.