Early false start a small setback for Titans in preseason opener

Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 8:54pm

It was not the start anyone wanted, but Jake Scott figures he’s probably not finished with false start penalties.

“I was just a little early on the cadence – that was it,” he said. “I’m always aggressive with the cadence and that’s the way I’ve always been. I’m going to continue to be aggressive.”

The Tennessee Titans right guard committed the violation Saturday on the first snap of the game. The fact that he moved prior to the snap negated what would have been an 11-yard run by Javon Ringer.

It was one of five penalties – for 40 yards—called against the Titans in their 14-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason opener for both teams.

The offense quickly overcame the miscue with back-to-back pass completions for 30 yards on the first two official plays.

“Unfortunately the first play of the game we’re quick off the ball and lose a … run by Ringer right from the beginning,” coach Mike Munchak said. “Jake was quick … and he beat the snap count by a tad.

“I was curious about those things because you have new quarterbacks, new snap counts, and so the line is getting used to new people.  You are trying to avoid those and luckily we only had the one. For the first game, that was a pretty good job.”

The other penalties included a pair of holding calls against the offense and one offside and a hold on special teams.

Staying involved: Following the game players said Munchak’s influence already was apparent after just two weeks. It was evident in their attitude as much as their execution against the Vikings.

“Some guys can really lose focus when it’s a preseason game,” second-year defensive end Derrick Morgan said. “I think we did a really good job of actually staying tuned into the game. A lot of guys were following the offense and defense when they weren’t even in the game. Everybody was in tune with the game and everybody was playing hard.”

Said Munchak: “I think as a coach that is the first thing that is nice to see that they want to play, they are playing hard, they are playing like it is really important and then to have the results of winning the game at the end and having a chance to play a lot of people and evaluate a lot of people, is just a huge bonus for us.  I’m just happy with the step we took.”

Having a ball: Munchak said he was caught off-guard when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck presented him with the game ball following the contest.

“[Hasselbeck] made the announcement that he we wanted to hand out the game ball, so I was looking around to see who he was going to give it to,” Munchak said. “It was nice, I mean, I think the fact that it was the first time we played and won; the fact that they wanted to give me the game ball and acknowledge me, like hey we’re on the right track.

“It’s something special, not only to me, but to all of us.”

If it ain’t broke: Munchak said the structure of this week’s workouts would be similar to what has taken place thus far in training camp.

“We’ll be wearing shoulder pads and doing some things,” Munchak said. “We need to continue to get better at certain things. Obviously we are going to continue to add some things to the offense and defense, working on some things that maybe we didn’t do [Saturday] night that we need more work on versus each other. …These guys know there’s three good workdays coming, and on Thursday we will start looking at the [St. Louis] Rams.”

The Titans play at St. Louis on Saturday.