NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Vrabel said multiple time after he was hired that he and his staff wouldn’t really be coaches until they had players.

So Monday was a big transition day as he got to stand in front of a room of them as phase one of OTAs, which focuses on conditioning, got underway.IMG 8024

It’s voluntary and he said he didn’t take attendance, locking in on who was there. He a few players made their position coaches aware they wouldn’t make the first day and offered a bit about why.

The early message beyond introductions:

“[We] kind of talked about what we thought the expectations were, or what were our objectives for the first two weeks,” he said. “We talked about learning, conditioning, and communicating, and really that's what

they can do. It's phase one rules. We meet, we lift, we run and then we try to learn our teammates, and learn our coaches, and learn the system.”

The playbooks are finished for now and remain on iPads, a system about which he is enthused.

I was also struck by a few answers in which Vrabel emphasized resisting any temptation to rush things -- the playbook when the times comes, relationships, etc.

Good coaches emphasize that each new season starts from zero, it doesn’t pick up where a team left off.

That’s obviously the situation with a new coach and staff with new schemes.

Here’s Vrabel on developing a relationship with Marcus Mariota.

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