Chance Warmack: You have to think more in the NFL


In the days and weeks leading up to the draft, the Titans and guard Chance Warmack were linked to one another often because of how poor the Titans were on the interior of the offensive line during the 2012 season.

The Titans wound up selecting Warmack with the 10th overall pick and he was installed as the starting right guard before he’d even stopped hugging his family. Titans coach Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, a pair of pretty good guards during their playing days, both say they’re pleased with the progress that Warmack made during offseason work while Warmack has learned that his days of just being able to dominate opponents physically ended when he left college.

“It’s all a cerebral thing as far as where you have to be before your defender gets off the ball, and what angles you have to take and where your hands have to be at a certain point,” Warmack said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “It’s a lot more thought before the actual snap. In college, I got away with a lot of things because of how athletic I was, but everyone’s athletic in the NFL, so you have to think a little bit more.”

Warmack’s strong spring is encouraging, although he’ll need to keep on adjusting as he starts facing teammates in pads at camp and then again when preseason and the regular season get underway. If he does, the Titans offense will have solved one of the biggest reasons their offense failed to produce enough last season.