In the world of football, seven days is a really long time to go without playing a game. The Tennessee Titans have already had a Thursday night game, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which then the team had to wait ten days before they got back on the field.
Now during week 11, the team had a Bye and many of them spent the time relaxing, like they are supposed to be doing. But Monday they were back to the grind and getting practices in for their week 12 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Many athletes play much better after they have a week of rest. What a lot of people assume is that the teams rest all the time anyway because they only play one day a week. This is not the case. In the Titans situation, they come in Monday the day after a game, review tape and do their own personal workouts. Tuesday they are off, then comes the practices during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Their days usually start around 7 a.m. and can go until about 9 p.m.
The NFL does not take a break just because it is Thanksgiving, in fact watching football is part of many people’s Thanksgiving traditions. Head coach Mike Munchak realizes that it is a National holiday and stated today that the team will practice mid-day but will be released earlier than usual.
He also added the comment that, “The guys can get out of here earlier (on Thanksgiving Day) so their wives or girlfriends can plan on having dinner ready by a certain time.’’ You take that comment as you wish readers. Not being at the press conference I don’t know in what context that was said. Munchak could have used the phrase “families” instead of wives and girlfriends. But that is just my opinion.
The Titans started full practice Wednesday in preparation for the week 12 game in hopes to improve on a dismal first half of the season.