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Three Quick Hits from Titans Head Coach at Senior Bowl


MOBILE, Ala. — The North team just wrapped up its first Senior Bowl practice here at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The South practiced earlier in the day.

I had a chance to talk with Titans coach Mike Mularkey in between sessions.

Three quick hits from today:

"A good fit"

Earlier this month, Mularkey made a change at wide receivers coach.

He hired Frisman Jackson, who previously served as Temple's passing game coordinator and receivers coach. Jackson is a former NFL receiver with over 20 years of football experience.

Mularkey on Tuesday called Jackson, who is at the Senior Bowl, "a good fit."

With the Titans, Jackson will be reunited with offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, his former coach when he played for the Cleveland Browns. At Temple, Jackson worked under offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas, an offensive assistant with the Falcons when Mularkey and Robiskie coached in Atlanta.

"He'll fit in,'' Mularkey said of Jackson. "I think players will know what is coming from Fris, and after being around Terry for a year, they'll know the demands of that room.

"He is going to want things very detailed, which is the way we want to do things."

Elevator talk

Mularkey is eyeing prospects here at the Senior Bowl.

He spent Tuesday in the stands, but he's also been keeping his eyes and ears open at the hotel where the players are staying this week.

"I want to see how they compete,'' Mularkey said. "I also want to see how they do when they don't think anybody is watching, and that includes the hotel.

"I have been up and down the elevator with them for a day-and-a-half now, and I look at names (on the credentials) and how they talk, how they prepare. On the field I look at how they do in the drills, and if they are trying to motivate their teammates, or if they are loners. Also, how do they react when they get yelled at?

"But what I hear and observe in the elevator is taken into account, too."


Keeping Hoffman**

Mularkey also elected to keep Steve Hoffman as the team's special teams coordinator after he replaced Bobby April in October 2016. Under Hoffman, who joined the team in 2013, the Titans made solid improvements on special teams in the second half of the season.

Mularkey also hired Craig Aukerman, formerly with the Chargers, Jaguars and Broncos, as assistant special teams coach.

"I sit in on every special teams meeting and I put Steve in a tough situation last year, and I thought he did a really nice job,'' Mularkey said. "I think he did an outstanding job of picking up the group. We played better, we got better, and I liked his creativity.

"There's a lot of things I liked about what Steve did and that helped me with the decision."

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