NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson wants a physical, hard-nosed team, but not the way they showed it on Wednesday.
The Titans' first significant fight of training camp left Robinson and the coaching staff, including head coach Mike Mularkey, yelling and running into the middle to break it up. The offensive line and defensive front seven were at odds during an intense series of red-zone play, capped off by a Derrick Henry rushing touchdown.
"I don't like it. It's not taught. It's not talked about. It's not tough," Mularkey said. "It's undisciplined, and undisciplined will get you beat."
Guard Quinton Spain, linebacker Avery Williamson and tackle Taylor Lewan were some of the major parties involved in the scuffle, which started near the end zone. A couple of players were slung to the ground and it took about a minute for the entire situation to be defused.
"What the hell are you doing?" defensive line coach Nick Eason screamed, along with a few extra expletives, as the fight winded down. "Fight somebody else."
Williamson said the fight started due to too much pushing and shoving after the whistle. There were no apologies or handshakes after practice, either. It's the grind of training camp, so it's more about survival than singing "Kumbaya."
"That was the first major one. That was the first one where it got to the ground," Williamson said. "It is what it is. We're ready to go."
It's nearly two weeks into training camp and Titans players are tired of hitting each other. On Saturday, they'll finally get a chance to pop somebody else in their preseason opener at the New York Jets. The following week, the Titans host the Carolina Panthers for joint practices Aug. 16-17.
"It's just a lot of emotions, a lot of intensity," outside linebacker Erik Walden said. "This is nothing new from what I've seen. Second week of training camp, it was bound to happen."