Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, who knows he must prove himself quickly after a 6-10 record last year, has been aggressive in making changes this offseason.
After the Titans signed a dozen free agents to replenish the roster, they opened the draft by taking a big Chance and that already seems to be working out.
Based on this weekend's rookie minicamp, first-round pick Chance Warmack has virtually already been placed atop the depth chart at right guard, while second-round pick Justin Hunter will have every opportunity to show himself a playmaker at wide receiver and move right into a mix of talent that includes Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt and Nate Washington.
"I show them the tape every year of some of the stuff that happened last year and tell them that there are a lot of guys that can help us win football games here," Munchak said. "The last two years I've been here, rookies have stepped up. Our expectation is that they should come in and help this football team win.
There is also the possibility that even a fourth-rounder, center Brian Schwenkie, could fight his way onto the playing field as a rookie, as he will be battling incumbent center Fernando Velasco for the starting nod.
Warmack said he learned a lot during the rookie minicamp, and even had Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, both Hall of Famers, showing him the way.
"It was a great experience, "Warmack said. "Just picking their brains and asking them questions is helping to make me a better player."
He knows there is plenty ahead to learn for him.
"There were a lot of mistakes made today, but that is the beauty of this game. You make mistakes and you come back and do better the next day. I'll put my head in the playbook tonight and get better."
The rookies now join the veterans this week as the Titans full 90-man roster goes through off-season work. For Hunter, he realizes it is a big step making the leap from college to the NFL. He saw that during the rookie minicamp.
"I think it went pretty good," Hunter said. "Learning the new offense went pretty good. I picked it up pretty easy. I was nervous, because I didn't know what to expect, but as the day went on, my nerves calmed down.
"There were a lot of meetings, definitely a lot more than in college. It's definitely a lot faster, and it's zero tolerance when you come here."
--Munchak could be seen taking a more hands on approach with the O-line, a position he coached for more than a decade before becoming Tennessee's head coach in 2011. It's something Munchak said he wanted to get back to and was able to do during the rookie orientation last weekend, assisting his buddy and fellow Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews in working with the line.
"As a head coach, I always wanted to be more involved, as much as I can in coaching," Munchak said. "That's one of the reasons I love that phase of it is being involved with the players in that way. The first couple of years were harder, because you have to figure out how to manage your time."
--The Titans are still talking about adding defensive end John Abraham is he is the right fit for them and at the right price.
Abraham, 35, came in for a two-day visit with Titans coaches, and still could wind up in Tennessee if the deal makes sense financially for both sides and if Tennessee can figure out exactly what role Abraham would play behind starters Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan.
Said Munchak: "We're looking. We talked to him and spent some time with him, looking that what we want, what he wants, what kind of fit it could be. So we've just been talking to him. He obviously hasn't made a decision. I don't know how quickly he plans on making a decision. I don't think there's any big hurry there. It's a business thing, but we've talked to him, and we're talking to him, and we know what kind of player he is and has been. He's still productive and he's gonna be playing in this league. We all know that, it's just a matter of where it's gonna be."