Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt easily could have left camp with glowing remarks about all the young, talented defensive players he has on his roster.
Instead, Whisenhunt took the time to break down what linebackers Zach Brown and Akeem Ayers have to do better in order to stay on the field, via John Glennon from the Tennessean.
For Brown, it’s a matter of playing fast:
“He looks fast on the field, but playing fast is something you have to do in this league,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s what he has to transition into. He didn’t play fast at times last year, and he’s getting pressure to do better with that this year.”
“Reaction, moving in space,” he said. “A lot of times when you don’t react to things quickly, you’re not going to play fast. You’re going to end up watching the game instead of reacting to it.”
As for Ayers, after two knee surgeries, he simply has to be more consistent.
“There are some good players that are competing for spots, so he’s got to step his game up,” Whisenhunt said.
“He’s an athletic guy that can do a number of different things, but he’s just got to do it more productively and consistently.”
For a team that has plenty of new faces after being ranked No. 22 against the pass and No. 13 against the run, it would be expected for everyone to be fighting for their spots.
Regardless, it’s refreshing to hear Whisehunt put that notion in the papers and call out players that have areas they need to work on. .
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