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Zach Brown starts game on bench, due to rule violation

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New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt had to flex a little muscle in his first game with the team.

On the receiving end was linebacker Zach Brown.  Per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Whisenhunt benched Brown for the opening series of the game against the Packers, due to the violation of an unspecified team rule.

“Zach had a little issue where he did something he wasn’t supposed to and that was punishment because of that,” Whisenhunt said.  “It wasn’t a curfew situation, but it was a team rule that was not adhered to. . . .  In the grand scheme of things I wanted to send a message. . . .  Hopefully he got that message.”

The intended recipient of the message declined to say what he did.

“People can always jump to crazy conclusions,” Brown said.  “At the end of the day, I still played in the game.  I am not surprised by it. He told me what he was going to do, so I can’t really be mad at him. . . .  It’s a punishment.  Everybody messes up every once in a while, it’s how you respond to it.  He said I broke a team rule.

“You have to do what the man says.  I can’t really elaborate on it if he’s not going to elaborate on it, so I have to leave it at that.  It was a mistake on my part.  Everybody makes mistakes.  I have to put it behind me and turn the page.”

The Titans hope to see Brown, who was benched last December by former coach Mike Munchak, reach his potential.  The 2012 second-round pick has appeared in all 32 regular-season games of his career, with 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns in his rookie season.

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9 Responses to “Zach Brown starts game on bench, due to rule violation”
  1. sndmn331 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:42 AM

    Was the rest of his band punished too?

  2. doe22us says: Aug 10, 2014 1:46 AM

    A series that will teach him, why do these coaches even bother.

  3. calhounlambeau says: Aug 10, 2014 7:30 AM

    I heard he was sneaking a women in at night during TC.

  4. myworldurjuslivinit says: Aug 10, 2014 7:41 AM

    “It was a mistake on my part.”…there is that word again ‘mistake’, has to be the most improper and often used word in the NFL.

  5. titansbro says: Aug 10, 2014 8:19 AM

    Kid has loads of potential & talent. Those are solid numbers for 2 years playing linebacker.

  6. orthomarine says: Aug 10, 2014 8:44 AM

    I like his band

  7. Ferdinand says: Aug 10, 2014 12:05 PM

    The only way this punishment makes any impact at all is if he is in the mix for some sort of record for consecutive starts.

    Otherwise, it is a hollow gesture and everyone knows it.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2014 1:12 PM

    Brown could be a good NFL player but so far he appears to be blowing it. Hope he sees the opportunity for what it is before it’s too late.

  9. rascalmanny says: Aug 10, 2014 5:28 PM

    Here we go again….Titans fans are getting tired of players like this.

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