After two decades of system-first thinking from Fisher and crew, this is good to hear: Jerry Gray is hard at work tailoring his scheme to fit potentially dynamic guys like Kamerion Wimbley, Akeem Ayers. Gray and Palmer both sound excited to finally have a full off-season to install their full systems, and frankly it's got me excited to see this new-look for the historically conservative Titans.
Amano is still the starter at center, but the coaches and front office are openly acknowledging that anyone who can beat him out for the spot in camp is welcome to take it.
Who's leading the charge to unseat Amano? None other than one Kevin Matthews. Amano is likely out through the rest of OTAs, and the son of Bruce Matthews is filling in for the mean time.
Jerry Gray has some glowing words for CB Tommie Campbell, who is working to turn his exciting athleticism into a weapon, not just an NFL survival tactic:
"He's probably one of the best technique corners we've got besides (Jason McCourty)," Gray said of Campbell. "I'm telling you, he's doing a really great job. You should see his technique in individual. Now he's not going against a wide receiver (currently), and he's not judging the ball and those things. So you really can't see that. But just as a pure technique corner, he's probably the second-best we've got."
"I'm telling you he's doing a really good job and he's devoted a lot of time here," Gray said. "He's here in the afternoons when the other guys are gone. He's watching film, and this guy didn't even play a snap last year on defense. So it's important to him. This guy wants a job here."
Akeem Ayers' main goal this off-season has been to improve as a pass rusher, and Gray is pushing him to develop the attitude it takes to get it done game in and game out.
After reading Nate Washington's comments on the new offense, I'm starting to think our new offensive philosophy is 'LWSS', instead of hang in there until the end and hope we don't screw it up.
Former Titan Cortland Finnegan logged two of the top 11 single-game performances at CB last season, according to PFF.