Kearse Back, Compares Current Defensive Unit to 2000

Jevon Kearse made his first appearence to Titan’s camp since 2003 on Sunday, and apparently he likes what he sees. The last season Kearse wore a Titan’s uniform, Tennessee was a playoff winning team a year removed from an AFC title appearance, and Jevon was averaging over 10 sacks a year when healthy. Early in Kearse’s second tour of duty he thinks the Titan’s defense has a chance to mirror the successes of his first stint. A few of his key teammates agree:

Kearse, sees a group that could rival the defenses Tennessee had in 1999 and 2000 when the Titans went 26-6.

“It’s one thing talking about it,” Kearse said. “Until you get on the field and be about it, that’s another thing.”

The Titans fed off embarrassment a year ago, upset at giving up more yards than any other defense in 2006. The emotion they’re dealing with now is complacency, which they are fighting by trying to set their sights higher. Being among the best is not good enough now.

Haynesworth, coming off his first All-Pro season, said linebacker Keith Bulluck wants the Titans to be No. 1. It’s a goal he embraces as well.

“We’ve got four more spots we got to move up. We went up (27) spots the year before that. Now it’s time to go up four more and be the No. 1 defense,” Haynesworth said. (AP)

When Kearse moved to Philadelphia, joining a team that had made three strait NFC championships, the Titans saw a period of regression. In a slight turn of fortune, Kearse’s productivity and health have slipped over the last two years as the Titans have made progress with a squad that has steadily improved, now coming off of the their first postseason apperance since Kearse’s initial departure.

No one is expecting Kearse to reach double-digit sacks this year, but some steady production could truly help offset the voids left by Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom when they left in free agency. If the Titan’s front seven come close to repeating their extraordinary 2007 campaign, and the secondary continues to improve and develop like they did last year, the goal of having the highest ranked defense in the league isn’t a far-fetched idea.


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  • Ian – Inside the Iggles

    Get ready for disappointment with Kearse. He likes to party all the time, has a terrible work ethic, he is horrible against the run, and he has one pass rush move. He has lost it so bad, that he lines up about 3 yards wide from the DT, then basically just rushes straight up field, and takes himself out of 99% of the plays. He also tends to leave the field about every 5th play with some sort of menstrual cramps.

  • jwhelan

    “menstrual cramps”? Nah, Winston Justice just has a very contagious yeast infection:

  • Ian – Inside the Iggles

    What does Winston Justice having 1 bad game have to do with Jevon Kearse being injured every other play?

  • Ian – Inside the Iggles

    To really put things into perspective as to how bad it got for Kearse, all you have to is look at the guy he was benched for. Former Titans teammate Juqua Parker(used to be Juqua Thomas). Parker took Kearse’s job by flat out out playing him in every aspect of the game. They signed Juqua because Jevon asked the team to give his friend a chance, and a guy off the street stole Kearse’s job away.

  • Vinsanity10

    Hey ian giggles, have you ever torn your meniscus while also fracturing your tibia? I’m going to take a wild guess and say, ” I think not,” which Kearse did in 2006. Secondly, if you want to talk some game about Kearse on here, be my guest but enjoy facing the meathooks that drop down from the #90 jersey. 

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    ian’s just bitchy pissed, maybe he’s having menstraul cramps?????