New Titans wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson says offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie has been his mentor.
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The Titans’ first offseason acquisition – and least recognizable name in the wide receivers’ room – will have a significant impact on the team’s revamped passing game, which the first-year position coach made clear with his opening message: There will be no divas.
“Toughness. That’s the first thing,” Jackson said during offseason workouts. “When I first met with these guys and sat in the room with them and got around all of them at the same time, the one thing I talked to them about, ‘We’re going to be the toughest group on the field. Whether it’s the O-line, D-line, linebackers, we want to be known as the toughest, most physical group on the field.’ And that’s what we’re working with every day. I’m preaching toughness from the moment I step in the room in meetings, while we’re on the field in meetings, it’s about toughness, toughness, toughness. Physicality.”
The Titans have made several moves this offseason to help Marcus Mariota and the passing attack
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Jackson was hired as the Titans’ wide receivers coach in January and represents the lone major change on the coaching staff this offseason. He has nine years of experience coaching wide receivers in college, most recently at Temple, and a long history with Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie.
Jackson was a reserve wide receiver for the Browns from 2002-05, when Robiskie was his position coach. He replaced Bob Bratkowski, who was fired after one season with the team.
“Frisman knows why we made a change at the coaching position,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He knows it very clearly why we made a change. He knows the demands we want from that position.”
The Titans’ passing game ranked 25th in the NFL last season, and its overhaul was a clear point of emphasis this offseason.
After hiring Jackson, the Titans began retooling the receiving corps by not re-signing former first-round draft pick Kendall Wright, who signed a one-year deal with the Bears and recently slammed the Titans in comments to Chicago reporters.