Bostad wants 'vertical' run game from O-line

February, 13, 2014
Feb 13
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Here are four things of interest out of a radio interview with Tennessee Titans offensive line coach Bob Bostad I was just part of:

His style: “In the NFL there is a lot of time in the classroom, and a short amount of time of work on the field and you really have to maximize things," he said.

He’ll have rookies, guys in the middle of their careers and guys near the end. He'll have to manage those guys encouraging a great day’s work every day with high-tempo and energy.

Jelling: No coach likes to set a slow timetable. The Titans had three new interior starters last year and it took too long for the group to jell.

“I think the safe answer is sooner rather than later,” Bostad said. …I think if you get things rolling and you’re efficient with your rotations and what you want and where you want guys to be the majority of the time, that I think you’re going in the right direction. Guys got to know their role and step up and it starts in the classroom with the confidence in understanding the system and what’s in place. Because if there is confusion you’re going to see it on the field.

He wants guys going into games saying, “I know what to do and I can’t wait to do it.”

The system: Will the Titans be a power team? A zone team?

“That starts from who you’ve got, what are your strengths, who can do what,” he said. “...I think we’re going to go in there trying to be a physical, what I call a vertical, running game, and you’re going to have to have a wide enough menu to do other things to attack a defense. You used the work mixed. I think you’re going to have a broad enough, broad-based attack, that you feel like you can expose some people.

“But at the same time, you’re bread and better, I really like some of the inside guys and what they’ve done and shown they can do in a short amount of time of evaluation. I think you can start out that way and build it from there and I think that’s a good way to do it.”

The talent: “The inside three, everything that I saw, if it was good, it was outstanding to watch,” he said. “If it was not so positive, it was correctible. I think that’s a great starting point right there. Watching every bit of film, every snap, I walked away saying, ‘Hey, we can really get better here.’ On the outside, I really saw some consistent play and I hope that continues.”

Bostad said he will be “up to his neck in it” with regard to the run game, that he will set the table but his linemen will have to go in there and eat and he takes a lot of pride in watching guys get better.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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