Okay, let’s get one thing straight. I love Keith Bulluck as much as the next guy, well, unless the next guy is one of those male contestants on ‘Project Runway’, in that case he probably loves Bulluck more. Either way we have to face the facts. Bulluck is 33 years-old and suffered a very serious knee injury in December and, although he has been rehabbing, the status of the recovery is unknown.
We must also realize that as much as we love Bulluck, he is not a Tennessee Titan at this moment in time. If he is re-signed by the team we will re-evaluate his status.
Let’s take a look at recent signing Will Witherspoon, who is likely to replace Bulluck at linebacker. While it is tough for anyone to step into a new situation an excel, as evidenced by the week I spent learning to square-dance when i was 13 years-old, Witherspoon is better equipped than most to handle new challenges as the Titans are his third team in under a year.
Witherspoon showed an amazing ability to transition immediately after his trade last year. He was traded from the Rams to the Eagles on October 20, 2009. He played his first game for his new team on October 29, 2009. How did he play for the defense that he had only been a part of for a little over a week? He recorded six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and intercepted a pass that he then returned for a touchdown. Not bad for your first game in a new city.
While if Bulluck was re-signed his health would be a concern, Witherspoon showed his durability last season. How many games do you figure he played? 13? 14? 15? 16? Actually all of those are wrong, Witherspoon managed to play in 17 regular season games last year as he was dealt before the Rams had their bye and after the Eagles had theirs. Not many players play 17 regular season games in a season.
If Witherspoon can step in and help this defense re-establish itself as a top defense in the league then fans will welcome him with open arms.