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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Watching a mistake is painful. When a miscue leads to a touchdown not once, but twice in consecutive weeks, its so agonizing time seems to almost stop.Steve Hoffman, the new man in charge of Tennessees special teams, is in agony right now.The Tennessee Titans gave up a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown Oct. 2 in losing 27-20 at Houston, which helped cost special teams coordinator Bobby April his job a day later. Then the Titans gave up a 74-yard punt return for a TD last week in Miami, though Tennessee pulled out a 30-17 win.They happen in about 8 seconds, but it feels like it takes a day for the guy to get to the end zone, Hoffman said Thursday of the TD returns. All you can do is teach. I got in the huddle the very next play and said, `Look, all we can do about that is forget about it and have it serve to tick you off to now were going to play the rest of the game solid.Correcting the issues on punt coverage is a priority for Tennessee (2-3) with the Cleveland Browns (0-5) visiting Sunday. Titans coach Mike Mularkey fired April on Oct. 3 , unhappy with the latest mistake from a unit that has struggled in recent seasons for a team whose margin of error is slim after going 5-27 the previous two years combined.Punter Brett Kern took blame for a punt with little hang time not hitting the area of the field the Titans had targeted in Houston. Against Miami, the punt was a little closer to the hash marks than the Titans wanted and players could have stayed in their lanes a bit better. Titans coach Mike Mularkey looked at the tape and remains convinced he saw two holds and Jalston Fowler blocked in the back.So weve got to punt it better, and weve got to cover better and theyve got to officiate the play better, Mularkey said Monday. Im not changing my mind on the officiating on the play. It was not officiated very well.The Titans currently rank 30th, giving up 19.2 yards per punt return and 27th allowing 26.7 yards on kickoffs.Hoffman has been working with special teams since 1989 when he joined the Dallas Cowboys as a kicking coach. He also has worked with the Dolphins, Atlanta, Kansas City and Oakland. Hes been with Tennessee since 2013 as an assistant special teams coach and wanted the chance to be in charge of a unit again, though not at the expense of a friend for 27 years.At the same time, I was asked to do a job and I thought, `Well, I better get back to work, head back to the salt mine, Hoffman said.Changing schemes completely during the season is nearly impossible. So Hoffman has worked with the terminology the Titans already had in place and has tried to simplify responsibilities as possible.Cleveland hasnt had a punt return longer than 18 yards this season, and coach Hue Jackson said teams struggling in one specific area tend to clean those up as quickly as possible.Whatever all their issues are, I just want them to keep showing up this Sunday for us, Jackson said.Game notes LT Taylor Lewan and Kern both practiced fully Thursday. Kern did not practice Wednesday due to an illness, while Lewan was limited by a shoulder. 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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman feels the Southern Conference took an unwarranted hit on its reputation a few years back, one it is ready to wipe away with a stable, improving league.The SoCon had been one of the countrys best Football Championship Subdivision leagues since college football split into Division I and Division I-AA more than three decades ago. Yet after FCS powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern left the league to move up three years ago, Huesman thought few took the conference as seriously as before.Absolutely ridiculous, he said. Weve gotten a bad rap for a few years now.Expect that to change, Huesman said.His Mocs were picked to win a fourth straight SoCon football title by league coaches and media at the leagues preseason gathering Wednesday.Theres no doubt the league saw an overhaul in recent seasons. Georgia Southern reached the NCAA playoffs 11 times and won two national championships during their two decades in the league. Appalachian State was in 16 NCAA playoffs and won three straight FCS titles from 2005-07.The last time both Georgia Southern and Appalachian State made the playoffs in 2012 was also the last time the SoCon had three teams in the NCAA tournament. East Tennessee, Mercer and VMI -- whove combined for zero playoff appearances. VMI has not had a winning record since 1981. East Tennessee restarted football last fall after an absence of 11 years while Mercer went even longer between teams (no football from 1942 to 2012) before restoring the program.The changes may have cost the SoCon in the selection room. Western Carolina, at 7-4, was on the bubble last year for the 24-team field but was ultimately left out.Catamounts coach Mark Speir thought his team had done enough to get in, but ultimately let a bunch of men in Indianapolis decide whether we get to play anymore.Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino understands the reluctance to buy into the leagues recent changes. He thinnks time and stability will ultimate sway doubters about the SoCons power.ddddddddddddWhen youre worried about realignment issues, it makes it harder on the coaches to recruit, Iamarino said. Weve got two programs that are very young and its just going to take some time to be successful.Maybe not that much time, said Western Carolinas Speir, who has spent all but three of his 26 football seasons coaching in the Southern Conference.From top to bottom, this league is as strong as its ever been, he said.Newbie Mercer toppled league champion Chattanooga last season while the Citadel returned to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1992, including a FBS victory over South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference.The Citadel was picked second to Chattanooga in coach and media voting. The rest of the coachs picks were Samford third, then Western Carolina, Mercer, Wofford, Furman, VMI and East Tennessee. The media selected Western Carolina third, then Mercer, Samford, Wofford, Furman, VMI and East Tennessee.Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome was named the leagues preseason offensive player of the year while Chattanooga defensive lineman Keionta Davis got picked for player of the year honors on the other side of the ball.Huesman said his team is ready to contend with a strong league and build on what its done in recent seasons. An emphasis for improvement is in the playoffs, where the Mocs lost in the second round the past two seasons, and against FBS opponents, which Huesman said is where he and other SoCon teams can most strongly debunk the idea the SoCon has slipped.He pointed to the Citadels win over South Carolina and Furmans takedown of UCF last season as evidence that the conference is robust and ready to rumble with anyone in college football.I think thats going to help the league moving forward, he said. ' ' '

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