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Whisenhunt's first mini-camp

Joe Biddle

It seems to me that Ken Whisenhunt has been coaching the Titans for at least a couple of years.
    
This week will be the first time Whisenhunt will have his team on the football field for mini-camp.
    
Not to suggest he has been slacking. Anything but.
    
He’s been filling media requests. Doing radio shows. Giving interviews. Smiling for the cameras.
    
Whisenhunt has also been busy promoting the Titans organization. Meeting with season ticket holders. Giving them tours of LP Stadium and Saint Thomas Sports Park.
    
He has been sizing up the upcoming draft. Before that, he was at the NFL combine. He has helped make personnel decisions with General Manager Ruston Webster.
    
In today’s NFL, it is truly a year-round season.
    
Whisenhunt was like any Titans fan when this season’s schedule was released.
    
“With the NFL schedule, you never know what you’ll get," he said.
    
Whisenhunt now knows his team will play three of its first four games on the road.
    
He probably wishes it were the reverse. Always looking for a positive, Whisenhunt noted at least he and his staff will find about their team early.
    
Three of the last four games are at LP Field. He likes that, as it will give the Titans a chance to build momentum as it prepares for the playoffs. His words.
    
He likes having 13 noon kickoffs. Most coaches enjoy having a routine in their lives. Whisenhunt is no different. Not that it matters to anyone else, but I guarantee the media prefers early kickoffs to alleviate deadline pressures.
    
They have a Monday night game against the Steelers, where Whisenhunt spent time under Chuck Noll. They have a second nationally televised game against Jacksonville.
    
Most fans are anxious to see what develops during the May draft. It is a deep draft with a lot of solid prospects. The Titans do not have a second round pick going into the draft. If it stays that way, it will make their first round pick (No. 11) even more important. That pick will be depended on to contribute early.
    
Whisenhunt might be playing possum, but he claims getting a quarterback in the draft isn’t a priority. He’s putting a lot of faith in starter Jake Locker staying upright and healthy for the first time in his three-year history. It is shaky at best behind Locker.
    
They cut what had been their franchise running back in Chris Johnson. Now it is up to Rex Ryan to make the Jets offense compatible with what gas Johnson has left in the tank.
    
It remains to be seen what Whisenhunt’s offense will look like, just as we have to wait until defensive coordinator Ray Martin constructs what we have been told will be a “hybrid’’ 3-4 defense. In reality it will likely be a composite defense that presents various fronts and schemes.
    
Most of the drama surrounding the draft is what player and what position the Titans will take with their first round pick.
    
Will they stick at 11, or move up or down? Will they take a pass rusher, a cornerback, a linebacker that fits the 3-4? Or do they go best player available once they get their board set?
    
The draft is deep which fits the Titans quest to field a team playoff worthy. The fans are restless and weary of sitting home during the playoffs.
    
Mini-camp is the first step toward that.
    
Contact Wilson Post Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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