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Giving up TDs to backup QBs to start exhibitions, Titans need to start faster, fix mistakes

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    FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt works the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Whisenhunt could be worried about all the turnovers in Tennessee's second preseason game. But the defense has given up an opening touchdown drive in each of the Titans' first two exhibitions, to backup quarterbacks. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File) (The Associated Press)

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    Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) and free safety George Wilson (21) pursue as New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan (13) pulls in a long pass reception in the second half of a NFL preseason football game in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) (The Associated Press)

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    New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) carries as Tennessee Titans free safety George Wilson tries to tackle in the first half of a NFL preseason football game in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) (The Associated Press)

The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints both have opened preseason games by driving the field for touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans.

Not with Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees on the field, but their backups.

It's causing flashbacks to the Titans' struggles in the recent past, not the stingy, physical unit Tennessee wants with new defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Saturday the Titans had communication and technique errors on the opening drive in a 31-24 loss to the Saints. They also missed some tackles as well in allowing the Saints to drive 80 yards. Whisenhunt wasn't happy with the number of deep balls allowed as well.

Whisenhunt says they addressed some of those after the opening drive, but have to do a better job starting games.

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