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Tennessee Titans
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  One of the interesting angles thus far about Tennessee Titans training camp is not the change on offense, change on defense or even the change in head coaches with Ken Whisenhunt coming on board.

Instead, it appears to be the change in culture that is well under way in camp as the Titans get ready for the coming season.

Twice before in the offseason, newcomers to the Titans - safety Bernard Pollard and tight end Delanie Walker - spoke about their new team's need for a change of attitude and approach. Walker referenced unnamed players as "cancers," while Pollard bluntly said the team "sucked butt" in underachieving in its final season under Mike Munchak.

Not that all of that was Munchak's fault, but he and his staff paid the price. Now, as training camp opens, a career Titan, safety Michael Griffin, corroborated what his new teammates had to say earlier this year. In fact, the malaise stretches back several years as Tennessee has missed the playoffs five straight years.

"It's a different mood when you come here. You're just excited and ready to play football," Griffin told 247Sports.com. "(Before) you just had a lot of guys that had other things on their minds. Other things were more important. They were just happy to be here rather than more happy to win football games. That being said, the guys who are here (now) want to play football."

No one has named names, but it's pretty easy to connect the dots to underachievers who are no longer around and who have not panned out over the years - players like wide receiver Kenny Britt, quarterback Vince Young and even running back Chris Johnson, whose production tailed off after holding out for a big contract in 2011.

But one player who remains with the Titans was still called out by Whisenhunt, who was willing to give everyone a clean slate. After watching tape from last year on linebacker Zach Brown, who was benched late in the year for a game, Whisenhunt put Brown on notice at the start of camp.

"I think Zach needed to understand that he's under the gun here. He's got to prove to a new staff that he's going to do it the right way. There were things on tape from last year that weren't good, so hopefully that means Zach's working to show everybody," Whisenhunt said.

Brown seems to be getting the message as he learns a new 3-4 system and is learning to be more of a studious and conscientious pro in camp.

New teammate Wesley Woodyard said Brown has been different than what he heard about before he arrived in Tennessee.

Brown was asked how he wants to be acknowledged when people talk about him.

"That I'm a player. That I should be considered one of the best linebackers in the league. People always doubt me. When you look at the numbers, I match up with a lot of other players, and that's the crazy thing about it," he said.

It's an approach that seems to be rubbing off in the Titans locker room.


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