By Ross Kelly
The Tennessee Titans are an oddity in the NFL. They are one of the few teams that no one ever talks about unless something weird and/or interesting happens. Stuff like Mariota’s bizarre “surfing clause” in his contract (which was debunked) or Justin Hunter for allegedly stabbing people.
Well, over the weekend a video was posted from Titans training camp that got people talking. It consists of the Titans’ receivers doing a drill whose purpose is seemingly to improve hand-eye coordination. If you enjoy trash cans, low fives, and hot potato; then this drill is for you:
The weaving-through-trashcans part of the drill is understandable. It’s similar to the cone drill and since trash cans, in terms of volume/size, resemble opposing players more so than cones, it actually makes sense. It’s the lateral part that I don’t get. Coaches are always promoting “game-simulating” drills but what aspect of a game is this drill simulating? No plays calls for a lateral to be tossed over one’s head only for another player to run under the ball, catch it, and then repeat the same action. Also, what’s with the players slapping hands with the coaches as they make their cuts?
I’m all for hand-eye coordination drills but this one seems rather ineffective and artificial. But I guess when you’re coming off a 2-14 season, you’re willing to try anything.