Nashville, TN – Tennessee Titans fans attending training camp will get their first look at the team under Mike Vrabel, who was named the 19th head coach in franchise history on January 20th by Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk.
Vrabel and his staff, which includes new coordinators Dean Pees (defense) and Matt LaFleur (offense), put the players through a voluntary nine-week offseason program from April through June. The team then scheduled a six-week break before the start of camp.
Once in training camp, the Titans coaches will have their first opportunity to evaluate the players in pads going through contact drills, which is prohibited during the offseason. It all leads to the first preseason game against the Packers on August 9th in Green Bay and the first regular season game against the Dolphins exactly one month later (September 9th) in Miami.
While it might be his first camp experience in Nashville, this will be Vrabel’s 19th NFL training camp. He played 14 total seasons as a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-2000), New England Patriots (2001-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-10). Then, after three years as an assistant coach at Ohio State (2011-13), he spent the next four years on the Houston Texans staff (2014-17), culminating in 2017 with his role as defensive coordinator.
Pees’ extensive résumé includes 14 years as an NFL coach and 10 total years as a defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and the Patriots, where he first coached Vrabel in 2004.
LaFleur arrived in Tennessee after two seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Atlanta Falcons and one year as the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams. He helped the Rams become the first team in the Super Bowl era (1966-present) to go from last place in the NFL in scoring one season to first place in scoring the following season.
|Tennessee Titans Public Training Camp Practices|
|The following training camp practices (all at Saint Thomas Sports Park unless otherwise noted) are open to the general public, weather permitting|
|Sun., July 29th||9:50am-Noon|
|Mon., July 30th||9:50am-Noon|
|Wed., Aug. 1st||9:50am-Noon|
|Thurs., Aug. 2nd||9:50am-Noon|
|Fri., Aug. 3rd||7:00pm-9:00pm||Pinnacle Friday Night Lights at Centennial High School|
|Sat. Aug. 4th||3:30pm-6:00pm||at Nissan Stadium|
|Mon., Aug. 6th||9:50am-Noon|
|Tues., Aug. 7th||9:50am-Noon|
|Sat., Aug. 11th||1:30pm-3:30pm|
|Sun., Aug. 12th||9:50am-Noon|
|Wed., Aug. 15th||9:50am-Noon||with Buccaneers|
|Thurs., Aug. 16th||9:50am-Noon||with Buccaneers|
20th Season for the Tennessee Titans
A period of only six weeks separates the Titans’ first practice of training camp with the start of the NFL regular season. It will mark the Titans’ 20th season since changing their name from the Oilers and opening Nissan Stadium in downtown Nashville.
The Titans will commemorate the last 20 years with a special logo that they will use as a helmet sticker for the duration of the campaign.
The team will also don new uniforms for 2018, marking the first time the club has significantly altered its look in the Titans era. Among the many new design features are a navy helmet (formerly white); a sword motif in the center of the helmet, on the shoulder pads and on the pants; new numbers borrowing from Greek and Roman lettering; red Nike swooshes; and three stars sewn into the inside back jersey collar as a nod to the stars on the Tennessee state flag that symbolize West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee.