Without naming names, it is clear that Nate Washington is much more excited about where the Tennessee Titans are headed offensively under Dowell Loggains than he was about where they were under Chris Palmer.
Loggains took over for Palmer with five games to go last season, but since the 2012 season ended, he has been busy overhauling the playbook to make things much more receiver-friendly and more suited to quarterback Jake Locker's skill set.
Washington says some of the change is a generational thing.
“I think it's a younger group of guys, so they kind of relate to us on a right now attitude. When I say, 'right now,' it's as far as telling us and speaking to us in a way we can relate,” Washington said at the end of mini-camp. “No offense to the ones we've had here, but sometimes when you get an older coach, they kind of coach off things or the people they may have had in the '90s.
"When you get those guys in there, they might understand those things that might have happened in the '90s, but they don't necessarily know how to speak to us in our language, our lingo and our personal standpoint that can push us in the right direction. So it's been working out for us for the best.”
Washington, entering his ninth NFL season, is one of the old men of the receiver group, along with free agent import Kevin Walter, who joins the Titans after spending most of his 11-year career in Houston. Those two are the veterans in a group that includes the likes of Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and rookie Justin Hunter to go with the veterans.
“This is a group at the end of the day that are young guys. You've got some teams in this league that have three guys on their roster over eight years,” Washington said. “But this group, besides me and Kevin, everybody is five years and under. That's very rare. They've been speaking to us in a lighter note, but making us work hard to understand that we can be an excellent group if we push ourselves.”
Washington isn't the only Titans player who seems to like the changes in the offensive system.
“It's made a difference. It's designed for the whole offense and for everybody to make plays. I feel like that's what everybody is out there doing,” Wright said.
But it is still a learning process with a new offense and new players to fit in as well, including tight end Delanie Walker, who comes over from the San Francisco 49ers.
“It's been a learning process and there's a lot of us that are new and we're trying to learn a new system. It's really us trying to figure out what piece goes where,” Walker said.