Hasselbeck big key in speeding up Titans' offense

By Teresa M. Walker

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Aug. 14 2011 4:06 p.m. MDT

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) passes as he is rushed by Minnesota Vikings defenders Adrian Awasom (67) and Fred Evans (90) in the second quarter of an NFL football preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.

Frederick Breedon, Associated Press

Teammates have been raving about how quickly veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck works in practice, and now he and the Titans have given a glimpse of what their new offense might look like this season.

With Hasselbeck playing one series, the Titans moved quickly to the line of scrimmage and even flashed one play without a huddle in Saturday night's 14-3 preseason opening victory over Minnesota. The offense looked crisp and up-tempo with new coordinator Chris Palmer.

New coach Mike Munchak said Sunday moving quickly gives the quarterback more time at the line of scrimmage to put the offense into the right play and catch defenses off-guard. Munchak says the approach puts the Titans into a mode of playing hard, quick and fast, which they like.

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