Mike Munchak Cancels Last Tennessee Titans' Practice and Sends the Wrong Message
It's all well and good to get on the good side of your players by giving them an extra day off from working in the hot sun, but doing that during a lockout shortened offseason is not the time to do that.
That's exactly what Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak did by cancelling the last day of training camp for a team that needs all the work it can get.
Players may like that decision now, but in reality it's sending the wrong message.
This team is going to rely heavily on young players like Jared Cook, Akeem Ayers, Alterraun Verner, and Derrick Morgan to make drastic improvements before the regular season kicks off in a couple weeks.
They need all the reps they can get, and giving them an extra day off could come back to haunt them later on.
We still don't know how long the Chris Johnson holdout is going to last, and some analysts predict it will drag into the regular season.
That puts even more pressure on the young running backs, Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper. They need reps and they need to keep grinding to prepare to be huge parts of the offense.
It's likely that Ayers will be one of the starting outside linebackers, but he also still has a massive amount of work to do to be fully prepared for an NFL regular season game. Especially considering their first game comes against Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The cornerback position opposite Cortland Finnegan also has a ton of youth with either Alterraun Verner or Jason McCourty being the starter.
If the Titans were a team led by predominantly veterans, like the New England Patriots, then I could see giving the guys a day off. After all, veterans usually need more days off than the youngsters.
But these young Titans players have had very little time to get ready for the regular season.
Not to mention the Titans are coming off a disappointing loss to the Rams on Saturday, which shouldn't be followed up with a reward, even if it was a preseason game.
The Titans next take the field against the Chicago Bears this Saturday.
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