Titan Sized Defense In 2010

Expect A Titan Sized Defense in 2010

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Having spent thirty six hours over the past five days helping delegate volunteer workers in Nashville, I am finally able to analyze some data on our defense from last season. So, as I Sit here, staring at the stats in front of me, I am trying to figure out how our defense ranked as one of the worst in the NFL last season. A defense with 32 sacks, 20 interceptions, 1,175 combined tackles (we missed a few in that week 8 Jaguars game), 13 forced fumbles, and only 106 rushing yards per game (ranked 11th). How is that possible? You may ask, but it all adds up to two things. Change of Coordinators and injuries, but lets focus on the former.

It is no secret that when the power of the Schwartz left he took a mighty big chunk of that defensive genius with him after having lead a defensive unit to a top 5 ranking in each major defensive category. But, never fear, Chucky Cecil is here. Enter a man that was not only one of the original players of the NFL to add to its annual revenue through player fines, but was also one of the most feared “Big Hitters” in the game. It is also no secret to NFL fans that unless you are a defensive genius (like Schwartz or Sexy Rexy) it usually takes on average a full season under the belt for a defensive unit to finally come together, it only took Chuck Cecil one game. In the week one game versus the Steelers the Titans Defense held the Steelers Offensive running attack to only 36 yards keeping both Parker and Moore to 1.6 yards per carry, 2 Interceptions and 1 Forced Fumble. The Titans played a great defensive game in week 1  but unfortunately that defense would not show up again until week 8.

The Jaguars game saw a revival of our defense, in 7 weeks Chuck Cecil took a defense that was ranked last in Passing Yards per game, Sacks and Turnovers and with just 8 games remaining turned it into a Defense that shows true promise for the 2010 season. Cecil, like Schwartz, is a firm believer in the 4-3 Defensive Unit, using 4 Defensive Lineman to bring pressure while using speedy Linebackers to cover the running game and Tight End’s in the receiving game. Last month in the annual draft the Titans (under Chuck Cecil’s Defensive mind) chose Defense with six of their nine picks, including high profile players such as Derrick Morgan and Safety Myron Rolle (cousin to Samari Rolle) to go along with 3rd round selection Rennie Curran, Linebacker out of Georgia who became the first Georgia player to record back to back 100 tackle seasons in a decade. These players will play along side a vaunted Linebacking corps to include Free Agent pick up Will Witherspoon, who recorded 81 tackles in split time between the Rams and Eagles, Second year players Gerald Mcrath, who ended the season with an Interception, 47 tackles and who I personally believe will take over the Right Outside Linebacker spot if we do not resign Keith Bulluck (praying we do), Ryan Mouton, Jason Mccourty and veteran Roderick Hood who will also return for his second year with the Titans.

What does all this mean? It means you now have the backbone for a Defensive Unit with not only young talent but leadership ability as well under a coach that now has the chance to put his own defensive touch onto an already talented unit. So without further ado let me introduce to you who I believe to be our starting 2010 Tennessee Titans Defense:

Jason Jones DT- 4 sacks in only 7 games last season

Tony Brown DT- 5 sacks

Derrick Morgan DE- Rookie

William Hayes DE- 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Will Witherspoon LB- 81 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception

Gerald Mcrath LB- 47 tackles, 1 interception

Rennie Curran LB- Rookie

Cortland Finnegan CB- 5 interceptions, 63 tackles

Rod Hood CB- 3 interceptions in 3 straight games, 16 tackles

Myron Rolle CB- Rookie, Rhodes Scholar

Michael Griffin S- 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 sack, 77 tackles

Chris Hope S- 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 sacks, 77 tackles

*All stats provided by NFL.com

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  • http://titansized.com dreWells

    Good article, Kent!

    I agree about this being a great rebound year for our defensive unit. Jones, Hayes, Morgan, and Brown will be a formidable front four.

    Do you really think Curran will supplant Tulloch? and Rolle replace Fuller?

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  • cody

    I’m with drewell…kinda. But at the same time that is a realy interesting idea to have curran playing in the middle if that’s what you are insinuating. I am realy excited aboutCurran and think that maybe we struck gold with him. I’ve been trying to think of a way for Curran to be involved regularly and it seemed unlikely that he would get past McGrath and certaintly Witherspoon. But I never thought of him playing in the middle. I think that Tulloch is one of the more underated linebackers in the nfl and as a key player for tennessee so id like to see him be a big part of our defense agin this year. But both Witherspoon and Curran have played the middle before and are capable of doing so. So what we have is 4 linebackers that can and should start this year. And that’s not even including bulluck or thorton cause god knows what’s going to happen there. Its maybe one of our deepest strengths. Curran or Tulloch…that’s a good question

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