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Titans got to look at themselves without an opponent in mind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It’s not difficult for Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt to look at his 2-6 team and come up with an over-riding theme for what has to happen as the season resumes.

"Get better" weaved its way through Whisenhunt’s comments Monday as the team got back together following four days off.

Last week the Titans had two practices at which they ran 60-plus plays at each, sometimes running the same play twice in short order to allow rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger to really get a handle on it.

Whisenhunt said the opportunity to step back and do some work without reviewing the last game or preparing for the next one did a lot for the team’s focus on some big issues, like third down and the red zone.

"None of us were happy with how the first eight games went. It’s different to have a break in the middle or almost halfway (in the 17-week season), you get caught up in the weekly preparation and you lose sight of what you really need to focus on to get better," he said.

"Because you’re trying so hard to assess what you did the week before and then prepare for the next opponent. So we got a chance to look at what we’ve done, areas we need to improve. I think really the message for us is we’ve got to get better. We need to show improvement in the areas where we haven’t been close to being good enough."