Pickers mailbag: My ideal new backup for Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As you provided such a great batch of questions this week, we will jump right in.

Mark Hankins How does a coach determine if the strength coach is good or not? Watterson was a lifer, but the next guy and his asst were fired after a year

PK: The Titans had very good injury fortune in Steve Watterson last few years. But there were plenty of years where they had bad injury luck when he was in the post. There are things the strength and conditioning coach program can help with, but it’s a violent physical sport and guys are going to get hurt in ways no conditioning program can prevent.


I don’t think moving on from Tom Kanavy and Taylor Porter is necessarily an indictment of their work. I think Mike Vrabel wants to install a specific program that is to his liking and I think he has had someone in mind from when he was hired, someone who was under contract through this year It could be Mickey Marotti from Ohio State or Troy Sutton who was at Ohio State and is now with the Minnesota Timberwolves. I’ve also heard some informed speculation that it could be Dave Kennedy, who was on Dirk Koetter’s staff in Tampa Bay.

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