You can concentrate on football. These next 10 days, its about technique and getting used to your pads again, getting used to the plays, getting after it a little bit, getting physical and getting camaraderie with your teammates.
Training camp hasnt always been this way. Back in the day NFL players used training camp to get in shape for the season. In recent years, players have shown up in shape. They virtually train all year around. They have Organized Team Activities before training camp. They have off-season workouts.
So when training camp opens, its about getting to work.
You start with everything basic in the first couple of days, Munchak said. Youre getting back to not doing a lot of lifts n those first couple of days of easing into it to where youre getting under gap control, going back to basic football. The point to me is the emphasis is just on us. Its not on who were playing or whats about to happen in the future.
Munchak makes sure the players are not overburdened with distractions. They are all housed in a local hotel. They eat three meals at their training table.
The first 10 days, the only decision they make is when they want to go to the bathroom. You give them an itinerary and they see that 24/7, its all about football. I think that kind of eases their mind and its fun to watch all that happen.
That is not to say that Munchak and his staff have nothing but football on their minds.
The real world hit them hard early Monday morning when reserve wide receiver O.J. Murdock took his life in his hometown of Tampa. The Floridian died after shooting himself with a shotgun.
Murdock had been given permission to report late to training camp and now his death hangs over the facility.
Munchak also has the Kenny Britt problem to solve. Days prior to training camp, Britt tried to enter a Fort Campbell gate at 3:30 in the morning. After failing a field sobriety test, he was charged with DUI.
It marked the wide receivers eighth scrape with the law and he faces suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, or the Titans.
It provesthat even in good times, bad things can happen.
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