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Notes from Mike Mularkey's first practice

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Mularkey shook things up in his first practice as head coach of the Titans.  The team was in full pads.  They started out with a 9 on 7 drill and ended with a 3rd down competition.  It was best 2 out of 3 and the defense won so the offense had to run.

Mularkey said again after practice today that he wants this to be a physical football team.  He also said that he plans on Antonio Andrews being the team's workhouse.  If that actually happens, it means that what the coach says and what he does on the field are the same.  That wasn't the case with Ken Whisenhunt calling the shots.

There were also reports that Jeremiah Poutasi worked at guard while Byron Bell worked at tackle.  I don't feel great about Bell at tackle, but he cannot be any worse than Poutasi.

Marcus Mariota was on the field today.  He said after practice that he felt pretty good and was able to move around OK.  Mularkey seemed happy with Mariota's mobility.  Hopefully he is on track to play Sunday against the Saints.

Kendall Wright, Jason McCourty and Blidi Wreh-Wilson were among those of note that did not practice.  Mularkey confirmed that Wright has a sprained MCL.  It is not clear yet how much time he will miss.