Veteran OL Josh Kline sees similarities between Titans and Patriots

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Tennessee Titans Offensive Tackle Dennis Kelly (71), Tennessee Titans Offensive Tackle Jack Conklin (78) and Tennessee Titans Offensive Guard Josh Kline (64) set up at the line of scrimmage during an NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the San Diego Chargers on November 06, 2016, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
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The Tennessee Titans have endured a string of disappointing campaigns over the course of the last several seasons while most recently surprising many from around the league en route to producing a 9-7 regular-season record. Once again adding to their roster early on in the 2017 offseason, the Titans remain in line to up the ante come 2017-18.

As a result, former New England Patriots and current Titans offensive lineman Josh Kline sees a lot of similarities between the two AFC franchises.

“I would say the culture is the same here in Tennessee that it is in New England. We’re definitely on the upswing,” Kline said, via USA TODAY’s Titans Wire.

Prior to arriving in Tennessee last season, the veteran offensive lineman spent the first three seasons of his NFL tenure in New England.

“Mike [Mularkey]  is a great football coach, and just like Bill [Belichick], he expects a lot out of his players,” he added. “He expects the same thing as every coach I’ve ever been around.”

With Mularkey’s “Exotic Smashmouth” style of offense serving as a run first system, Kline and his fellow blockers have transformed into one of the bets offensive lines in all of football as well.

“Russ [Grimm] is a great coach. He’s obviously one of the best offensive linemen to ever play our game. He knows how to play at a high level and he expects a lot out of our group. Mike and Russ both expect us to do the right thing. If we make a mistake, we know to learn from it, and try to never repeat it again.”

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