With the Tennessee Titans getting their Rookie Mini-camp underway on Friday, the news out of Music City should pick up as the coaches get a chance to kick the tires on their new players. As it stands now that the Draft is over, General Manager Ruston Webster has done his job and now it’s time to see what Coach Whisenhunt and his staff can do with all the new talent.
"Ken Whisenhunt is at a crossroads this season. Not just as Tennessee’s head coach, but as an NFL head coach in general.If he is able to break out of his comfort zone to maximize Marcus Mariota’s talent, while turning in a season of progress, then Whisenhunt can throw his name into the ring as one of the hot commodities in the league.If he fails again this year, then an argument can be made that coach Whiz is no offensive guru at all, but rather the beneficiary of hall of fame qb’s falling into his lap.Chip Kelly on line one."
"“I don’t think I’ve ever had an issue with being outspoken; it’s kind of my personality,” said the 6-foot-7, 309-pounder from Michigan. “The guys that are younger than me, hey, it is not my job to pick on guys or fine guys. The main thing I am here for is to be successful, and be the best left tackle I can be. And the way I want to establish myself is with my work ethic.“I know what to expect now in year two. I know the things I have to do to be successful, at least more than what I did last year. My job isn’t necessarily telling guys what to do, but try and win every single sprint, try and lift the most weight, do the best in my blocking techniques. If anybody wants to be a leader, I think that is where you start.”"
"It appears that the Tennessee Titans are completely in support of their new face of the franchise, Marcus Mariota, and any visitors to Nashville, Tenn. will be quickly reminded of such. The organization is pulling out all the stops to convince potential season ticket holders that the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon is the answer to drag the team out of the AFC South cellar.The following billboards can be seen by anybody who takes a drive around Music City, and at least one Titans fan is pretty pumped up about them:"
"When Chattanooga resident Vincent Moorer saw the Tennessee Titans select Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick in last month’s NFL draft, he immediately began jumping up and down.“I was ecstatic,” the 50-year-old said late Saturday afternoon after collecting autographs from veteran Titans Chance Warmack and Karl Klug, as well as radio play-by-play man Mike Keith, during the team’s annual caravan stop at the Academy Sports + Fitness store in Hixson.“I believe he’s what we’ve been lacking since Steve McNair retired. He’s the guy to get us back to the playoffs on a regular basis.”"