Titans Not Concerned With Critics as Team Reports For Training Camp

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The Titans reported for training camp on Friday.
They’ll have their first workout on Saturday.
Tennessee brought in new head coach Ken Whisenhunt during the off-season, and he’ll try to change the fortunes of a struggling franchise.
  Ken Whisenhunt is about to conduct his first training camp with the Titans, but it seems he has already ushered in a new environment.
Said receiver Nate Washington,"I think Coach Whisenhunt has been around long enough to understand that you kind of have to let grown men be grown men. He allows us as players to coach ourselves in that locker room."
Reporter-"What do you want the personality of this football team to be?"
Said Whisenhunt,"Tough, smart, football team that can win games at the end or in tight situations when you need to."
  Coach might want to mention healthy as well, especially when it comes to quarterback Jake Locker. 
He missed nearly the last two months of the season last year with a foot injury.
Said Locker,"I felt great. Really, really good running today. Felt strong. Didn’t have any problems."
Reporter-"Are you tired of answering those (health) questions?"
Said Locker,"Yeah dude. It does feel good I promise you that."(Laughter)
  The Titans had a losing record last year at 7-9, and they haven’t been to the playoffs since 2008.
Said Washington,"When your expectations are that low, it gives you an opportunity to go out and prove everybody wrong."
Said Locker,"We’re close. I mean you look at last season, and I’ve said it I don’t know how many times. We had four games we were winning in the fourth quarter. If you win two of them, you’re 9-7."
Said Washington,"I think a lot of the guys in this locker room are focused on us going out and showing each other something more than proving the critics wrong or going out and proving the critics right. I’m not worried too much about where they place us. A lot of them have no clue."
  But the season will certainly give us the clues as to whether the Titans are indeed better.
Said Whisenhunt,"The chemistry with this group of men was something that was building on the positive side. But there’s so much yet that we have to determine. We have to go through adversity. That’s part of forging a team."
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.