After two preseason games, the Tennessee Titans would have liked to have had the offensive line situation nailed down to begin preparing for the regular season.
But Coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday that the competition remains open after what he termed an “average” performance by left guard Quinton Spain.
“There’s still competition there. I can say that. There’s things we’ve got to get better. We’re not going to declare that the starting five for Minnesota by any means,” Mularkey said.
As a result, the Titans are still hoping to solidify the starter there, and are discussing giving former starting center Brian Schwenke and rookie sixth-round pick Sebastian Tretola first-team reps in practice this week, leading up to Saturday night’s preseason game in Oakland.
Asked about Spain, who has held the job through the off-season and the first two preseason game after starting six games a year ago, Mularkey still sees room for improvement.
“He played average. He did some good things and then did some things he can be better at. A lot of it is technique and hand placement, things he can get better at, and he’s been coached to do that,” Mularkey said. “He’s on edge when he doesn’t have to be. If he just corrects a couple of things, he can be a force in there, but he’s got to correct those things.”
Mularkey said Schwenke had done well with the reps he has gotten. Schwenke, for the second straight game, got some time with the first unit at left guard before shifting to center when the second team line came into the game.
“Schwenke’s held his own over there. He hasn’t had the amount of reps (that Spain has had). We’re going to give him more reps, and we’re going to give Tretola some reps over there as well, because he’s playing well over there,” Mularkey said.