Robinson, Mularkey Talk Titans at Nashville Sports Council Event


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson joined radio play-by-play man Mike Keith for a Nashville Sports Council Reception at the Maxwell House Hotel on Tuesday night.
At the event, the entire rookie class was introduced to fans.
A look at some of the highlights from the event:

Mularkey raved about running back DeMarco Murray…
"Everything he does is very professional, from the minute he walks in the door until the end of the day when he is one of the last ones out. He is very demanding, and that is not just in the running back room. That is offensively, when he sees something, he is going to be on a player about doing it right. And that's what you want -- you want players trying to control. You don't want coaches always having to be the bad guy. We have some vocal guys out there… DeMarco Murray will hold guys accountable."
Robinson on players taking a leadership role…
"It has been fun for me to watch Brian Orakpo. Wesley Woodyard is a vested guy who has been around for a while. I think the one who has transitioned for me and I kind of expected it is Ben Jones. Just his personality, being the center, and having the ball in his hands every time that he lines up. He has really come in here and fit the mold and the mindset of what we want as a football team and has kind of taken a leadership within his position group and with the team."

Robinson told a funny story about Ben Jones…
"Probably the funniest thing – at least for me – that he said so far was just the other day. They were grilling chicken for lunch and we broke the huddle and the offense goes to the line and (as he goes in his stance) he announces – I think the entire city of Nashville could have heard him – 'Oh, that chicken smells good!' And then he gets down on the ball."
Mularkey followed that up with another great story about Jones…
"Memorial Day weekend – and this is when I knew we were going to get along very well – we were at the lake in Georgia, Lake Lanier, and Ben actually reached out to me to see if I wanted to connect while we were there over the weekend. That made me feel pretty good, a player wants to see his head coach on the weekend. So we arranged a golf match on Monday morning of Memorial Day weekend and we teed off at 8:30 a.m., and at 8:40 when he pulled a Bud Light out of his bag, I thought, 'I think we're going to get along pretty good.'"

Mularkey on quarterback Marcus Mariota…
"He has been in the system enough. It is not a complete makeover, the offensive system. There's similarities, terminology-wise, and you can tell … he is a lot more confident, not intimidated by the NFL at all. He is much more confident in everything he is doing. He is asking more questions because he knows there's more information and he wants to know everything before the ball is snapped."
Robinson sang the praises of tight end Delanie Walker…
"He is a guy who knows how to get open. He is a unique matchup problem offensively for the opposing defenses, and he stands for everything we're about. He is a consummate professional, he works hard, football is very important to him. He is a guy who was a late-round pick who worked his way up the ladder and he, deservedly so, went to the Pro Bowl last year. So that's the type of guys we want to commit to long-term for this football team. He's a team-first guy and he wants to win here."

Mularkey on the team's receiving corps…
"We are getting better. I put a lot of pressure on these guys. We need to get better at that position. We have four wide receiver coaches on the staff – two coaching them now (Bob Bratkowski and Jason Tucker), and Terry Robiskie, our offensive coordinator, is a long-time receivers coach and I coached receivers in Pittsburgh – so they have a lot of voices, and a lot of eyes on them. That's a position we need to see excel for Marcus to excel in his game. And I know they are trying, they are putting in the time and you can see that daily. We just need to see more consistency as we go."
Robinson on buzz created with offseason trades, moves…**
"We did what we thought was the best for the football team. As I've said before, this is a city and a state and a team that I am very passionate about. It's a special place for me, and I want it to be good. And we want it to be good. We just try to make moves and position ourselves to put a product and 53 guys out there that this city and this state can be proud of."

Titans veterans and rookies take the field for Day 8 of OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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