Offensive Line Cohesion Growing Daily
Just two seasons ago offensive line was a liability for the Titans, now not only is it a team strength but it is considered one of the best in the NFL.
Credit Hall of Fame offensive line coach Russ Grimm and five very unique individuals who have forged a special friendship.
“This is a very unique and diverse group, ” said Grimm. “They get along so well considering they are different personalities. They really like each other and like being together and work for each other.”
“It is a dynamic that all the great units have and these guys are building it, but there’s a lot of work let to do, continued Grimm. “We know we aren’t nearly as good as we need to be and the drive to get there is important to this bunch.”
Center Ben Jones echoed Grimm and explained the transformation of this unit for afterthought to strength.
“It starts with coaching. We have one of the best coaches in the league,” said Jones. “His mentality. How he coaches us, how he lets us play. He knows that we’re guys who know what to do and enjoy playing football together.”
As for the uniqueness of the group, Jones was not shy in sharing their differences.
“We all have our little characteristics, but once we’re out on the field there’s no kidding around it’s business,” added Jones. “But in the locker room Conklin’s usually the goofiest guy in the group. Spain’s the calm one. Taylor’s(Lewan) usually pretty calm in the locker room, he’s usually over there by himself and doesn’t say much. Josh (Klien) never says a word ever, but if he does you need to hear it because it’s usually pretty funny. That’s how we are.”
Asked about his personality in the group, Jones hesitated.
“I don’t know. I’m the country guy. They like my sayings I guess, my little choice of words I guess, but we love hainging out to gether and we all bring a little something different to the table and I think that’s why we are all such good friends,” Jones said.
Jones summed up the offensive line in one final comment.
That’s what you got to have as an offensive line. you gotta have everybody bought in together,” concluded Jones. “We’re all brothers and we’re all together if it’s eating dinner on Thursday nights, if it’s on the road after we get off the flights, we’re always in each other rooms. We love being around each other and that’s what’s making us a good offensive line.”