TITANS HEAD COACH MIKE MULARKEY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT - Aug. 9, 2016
(on if he was worried the rain would interfere with practice)
I was worried a little bit, but I think we're getting close to getting into the bubble. So I thought what the heck, it may be a good change up. If we have to go in, we'll go in. We were tracking it the whole time. We were never really in serious concerns with it, but it looked bad.
(on if the bubble will be ready for use tomorrow)
I think. I mean, we're looking at it. We still have a couple things—I know they have to hang goalposts, some of the cameras are still going up—but I'm hoping to just get it in and then no more talk about it. We've been very fortunate.
(on his thoughts on Monday's scrimmage after reviewing the film)
I was happier this morning than I was last night. I'm not happy with the penalties, again. That was not good. I wasn't happy with the turnovers, but I was happy with the protection. We had really one free runner—Wesley Woodyard made a play—but for the most part, protection was pretty sound. The backs were very good, the backs stepped up. We had chances to throw the ball. It was really good to see that.
(on if half the battle for Marcus Mariota is making sure he has the time to make throws)
Yeah, I think it is. I mean, it was a good start. I mean, we've got a lot of work to do, there's no question about it. We're still working these guys in on the O-line trying to get the best five up there, but I thought it was a good start. We threw the ball a good bit and it was pretty sound. I was very happy.
(on his plan coming into practice today after a physical scrimmage Monday night)
Well, it was going to be another tough one. Actually, the practice we had designed last night that was going to be in front of the fans here, it was going to be very similar to the scrimmage. It was going to be goal line, very physical practice. I didn't change much here. Actually, I added some plays that we lost last night to today's practice. I think the weather helped, but we had a really productive practice today after coming off a scrimmage last night.
(on if he worries about the team's focus in practice with the upcoming preseason game)
No, I don't think so. The message has been pretty clear and pretty consistent that we're going to focus on today, not tomorrow, not yesterday, today. I don't think it's going to be a concern. They've got enough on their plate with things that we're still—you know, we're not mass installs. We still have some things we're putting in. I don't see that. It's still too early in the week for that.
(on how much of the playbook has yet to be installed)
Some situational things. You know, end of the game, things that you hope never happen or they're rare to happen, but we're going to practice them so we're not caught off guard if it ever does happen.
(on if he has a plan for the starters' playing time the first preseason game)
I have an idea about it, but I like input from all the coaching staff. I like to hear from Coach (Dick) LeBeau and Terry (Robiskie) and Bobby April. I like to hear their thoughts on it. It's important that I get as much information and we're on the same page. I have an idea of what I'd like to do, but I'm open, always open for what they feel.
(on Daimion Stafford playing well in the scrimmage)
Yeah, he did. He's been very consistent, really this whole offseason. He has played well. And again, we ran him with the ones a little bit today just to say, 'Hey, we recognize what you're doing. We recognize your play. We're going to reward you, give you a chance to work with the ones', as we have with Kevin Byard. He worked with the twos today more because he's been—you can tell his game is coming up another level. So we're just trying to show these guys that we see what you're capable of doing and we're not afraid to put you up there.
(on if Da'Norris Searcy's position is in jeopardy)
No, (Da'Norris) Searcy hasn't done anything to lose his job. He just needs to know that he's being pushed, like all these guys are. You hope every position is like that, but Searcy has played well for us—very happy with him.
Titans players take the field for Day 9 of training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)