Postcard from camp: Titans
They were the Houston Oilers from 1960 until 1996 and then the Tennessee Oilers until 1998, but it's the 10th season of the team as the Titans. To commemorate the occasion they're bringing back the powder blue jerseys with an anniversary patch on the sleeve as opposed to the navy duds they've been sporting at home for the past nine years. It was also 10 years ago that the Titans opened camp at their Baptist Sports Park facility. It's located in an office park area of Nashville just five minutes north of downtown where signs warn of ducks crossing as they waddle their way across the winding road to the lake that borders three sides of the complex. Fans are herded along the perimeter of the three outdoor fields in a 12-foot width of space barricaded on either side by two chain link fences.
And, keeping with the anniversary theme, the most popular jersey worn by the crowd wasn't
While it cools to the mid-60s at night, only the first through third year players are required to stay at the Maxwell House Hotel nearby. The rest of the team heads home to their own beds -- everyone except 15-year veteran
This is the first camp away from Flowery Branch for Crumpler after seven seasons with the Falcons, but the 30-year-old's knees look fine and he's excited to be part of Heimerdinger's two tight end sets and to contribute in the red zone. "Oh yeah, thread the needle, throw it high, I'll get blown up, I don't care, I'll take the hit, I'll take it a lot," said the normally soft spoken Crumpler.
"We need to have a good start," said Fisher. Standard words from any head coach, but the Titans will have a shot. They have three out of their first four games at home but starting against tough divisional rival Jags and then hosting the Texans in Week 3 and Vikings in Week 4. They have the sixth toughest schedule in the league and are in one of the toughest divisions, the AFC South, that sent three teams to the playoffs last year -- including Indianapolis whom the Titans visit for the last game of the season. They should win more than eight games this season and be in the playoff picture once again.
Blame it on the heat. Blame it on being sick of just facing each other for the past two weeks. Whatever the reason, when the Rams offense showed up to face the Titans defense in full pads Wednesday morning these two teams Got. It. On.
The first fight began when
The teams needed an octagon more than a playing field as three fights happened in the span of four minutes. "It's that time of year," Rams coach
After all the brawls the day before, both teams found their inner Zen with a 90-minute yoga session under the bubble on Thursday. Media weren't allowed in, but the guys were noticeably calmer in the afternoon session than the day before. Namaste.
What's with special teams? Kicker
For being in the Music City, the players seem to like easy listening jams in the locker room. I mean,
There are two
Besides the two Chris Davises, there are three wideouts with the surname Williams. In actuality, there used to be four but