Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has virtually done away with the call sheet/wristband preferred by his predecessor, Chris Palmer.
He plans instead to communicate the specific call directly to the quarterback, David Boclair of Nashville City Newspaper reports.
“My thing with the wristband is I believe the quarterback should know the gameplan well enough,” Loggains said. “If the headset goes out, then he should be able to call the game. … We’ll use a wristband for emergencies only, but we won’t call the plays in like we used to that way.”
As part of that change, most of the plays are not called what they were in recent seasons.
The move away from the wristband was made in conjunction with a reduction of the number of words needed to designate what is to happen. Players often noted that Palmer’s play calls sometimes required a deep breath in order to spit out all the necessary words.
“I took the advice of a lot of people I talked to … and we sat in a room and said, ‘What’s the best way to call this formation? What’s the best way to call this motion?’ and cut out as much mental clutter as possible,” Loggains said. “Some of these play calls, they’re still long, but I feel like we’ve done a good job streamlining it and making the verbiage as small as possible.”
New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Titans fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Chris Johnson to also become THE face of the Titans.
The contest, which is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com or through New Era’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Titans faithfuls to submit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Multiple media outlets reported talks between the Titans and free agent defensive end John Abraham, a 13-year veteran who has spent the past seven seasons with Atlanta and his first six with the Jets.
Abraham, who turned 35 Monday, is a four-time Pro Bowler who has twice been selected as a first-team All Pro.
Titans coach Mike Munchak discussed Abraham publicly for the first time Friday after Tennessee’s rookies concluded a mini-camp practice.
“We talked to him, spent some time with him. It’s looking at what he wants, what we want,” Munchak told Craig Peters of Titansonline.com. “We’ve been talking to him; nothing’s been done. He hasn’t obviously made a decision, and (I don’t know) how quickly he’s going to make the decision.”
“It’s a business thing, so we’re talking to him, Munchak said. “Obviously, we know what kind of player he is and has been. He’s going to be playing in this league. We all know that. It’s just a matter of where the best fit is going to be.”
New Titans safety Bernard Pollard promises that Tennessee’s revamped defense will be aggressive and ready to play what he calls “smack you in the mouth” football.
If one player fights, Pollard sees a team where all fight. If one coach goes through something, they all do. And whatever is said inside the Titans’ building remains among the “brotherhood.”
What happens here, what you hear here, stays here,” Pollard said.
That’s part of an all-for-one mindset that is the last piece of fixing a Tennessee defense that gave up a franchise-worst 471 points. The Titans have been busy all offseason with moves that included giving Gregg Williams his first job as a senior defensive assistant after serving a yearlong suspension for his role in the New Orleans’ bounty scandal. They also signed veterans like Pollard to add winning experience and nasty attitude to the mix.
Now they’re busy learning the new defense during the team’s offseason program, a defense Pollard said will be aggressive from the beginning.
“If a guy coming across the middle, if a guy come up to you, if a guy wants to pick a fight, we as a defense we’re going to fight and we’re going to ask questions later,” Pollard said. “We’re not going to worry about what happened at that point. I’m not worried. The guy has an opposite jersey on so we’re going to fight him.”
The Titans made a roster move today at running back, as the team inked Jalen Parmele.
In the process, the team waived RB Jamie Harper.
Parmele, a sixth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, has played 35 career games. He had 40 carries for 143 yards and seven receptions for 60 yards with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.
He also has averaged 25.1 yards on 43 career kickoff returns and has 28 special-teams tackles.
Harper had 36 career carries for 74 yards and four touchdowns as well as five catches for 40 yards in two seasons with the Titans. Tennessee selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
John Abraham visited the Titans Thursday and Friday of last week and according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Titans are discussing the possibility of signing Abraham to a deal that could be done this week.
Abraham has visited the Broncos, Seahawks and Patriots and hasn’t been able to catch on anywhere.
He played the last seven seasons with the Falcons and prior to that six seasons with the Jets. He has 122 sacks in his career, including 10 in 2012.
Abraham has been a free agent since the Falcons cut him on March 1.
The Titans will have a sit down with one of their old rivals, as Ian Rapoport says the team will meet with former Colts DL Dwight Freeney.
Freeney is still one of the top free agents on the market, and could be a boost for a young Titans D that still needs help on their defensive line.
The Titans have already talked to former Falcons DL John Abraham, and also former Bears DE Israel Idonije.
Last season with Indy Freeney finished with five sacks in 14 games.