Thursday's Training Camp Notebook

Quick Hits from Camp

• Jared Cook hauled in a perfectly placed deep bomb down the right sideline from Vince Young for a 40-yard touchdown.

• Jason McCourty had a leaping interception of a Vince Young pass intended for Craig Stevens.

• Vince Young recovered later in the 7-on-7 period by throwing a 40-yard touchdown to Nate Washington.

• Raheem Brock showed his athleticism by batting down a Kerry Collins screen pass.

• Rob Bironas wowed fans with some long field goals, including makes from 56 and 61 yards away. 

Off the field Q&A with Sean Ryan

What is your favorite thing about Nashville?

"I'd have to say the country music or the music scene in general.  The fact that you can go to a restaurant and see a star is really cool.  It's got a nice vibe."

How did you spend your offseason?

"I spent it in Boston hanging out with my wife and daughters.  I have a daughter that is eight months old.  I tried to spend a lot of time with her because I knew that during the season there wasn't going to be a lot of time.  I just tried to spend as much time at home as I could."

What are your hobbies off the field?

"I'm a big reader.  I try to read a book a week during the offseason.  I'm not a big hobby guy, but I love to read.  I like everything from autobiographies to murder mysteries to science fiction novels.  If someone recommends something to me, then I'll go for it.  Alvin Pearman just gave me some Leo Tolstoy to check out."

What are your plans after football?

"I have a lot of plans but we will see what actually comes about.  I'd like to give back to the game somehow, whether it is coaching little league or professional.  I've also had a few opportunities present themselves up in Boston, whether it's commercial real estate or financial management.  I guess it'll just depend on where my head is at and whatever is best for me and my family."

Who is your favorite musician or pop culture celebrity?

"I'm going to go with a tie between Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley.  The two of them devoted everything they had to their craft.  I think that is fantastic.  What they preached in life is what the did.  For a guy like Bob Marley, he had such transcendent music.  It was about life and trying to bring about racial equality.  For Springsteen, it was about bringing up the masses.  He took a working class hero and tried to build from that and bring people up."

Who was a role model for you growing up?

"That's easy.  My dad was a big time athlete but became a quadriplegic when I was five.  Watching him fight back from that is a great inspiration to me.  The fact that he lives every day to the fullest.  Whenever I'm feeling tired, I think, 'He's pushing himself so I've got to push myself.'"

If you could be on any reality show, which one would you choose?

"I'll go with Top Chef.  I try to cook.  I like watching it a lot.  I'm a big restaurant guy.  I played a couple of years in New York and whenever my wife and I had a night out we would always go into the city and find a restaurant.  The whole essence of the cooking scene above just cooking some chicken and rice is pretty cool."

Last movie you saw in theaters?

"Toy Story 3.  I thought it was good.  I took my daughter.  She's four and a big Toy Story fan.  It was cool.  It was a cool day for me and her to hang out."

Which one of your teammates is the worst dancer?

"My wife would say I'm the worst dancer but I'm sure it is probably one of the linemen.  It's really take your pick on the offensive line, but I am going to say Big Country (David Stewart) is the worst."

Jeff Fisher Quotes

(on how he feels about scuffles between teammates during training camp)

In training camp there is going to be emotions, and sometimes they slip and things happen.  You leave it on the field, you don't carry it into the locker room—it's over, it's a good locker room, a close team and they talk to each other.  You can have moments, but they put it behind them.

(on if Monday's home opener is important to building a home-field advantage)

We're playing to win the game; it's going to be a great environment in the preseason because of the Monday Night show.  You'd like to win at home, but I think everybody understands that our starters could score 14 points and not give up any, and then the backups come in and give up 17 and you lose.  We all understand what preseason is about, and it would be nice to win both the home preseason games.

(on if he was happy with the offense's performance in the first preseason game)

We stalled on the next drive so it remains to be seen.  We're getting better, and this is the meat of training camp this week.  I have been seeing a lot of improvement, and the young guys are coming on and we just hope that it carries over.

Daily Trivia Question (answer revealed in tomorrow's notebook)

Which current NFL teams' stadiums have the Titans never played in during the regular season?

Answer to yesterday's trivia question:

How many current Titan players have played against the Titans at LP Field?

Answer: 10. (Jason Babin, Dave Ball, Raheem Brock, Kerry Collins, Justin Gage, Chris Hope, Alvin Pearman, David Thornton, Nate Washington, Jamie Winborn)

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