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Thoughts on Defensive End Issue

A Football Insiders writer, Rivers McCown, covered the AFC South in their recent segment of the league’s “Remaining Needs”. Here is what he had to say about the Tennessee Titans:


Tennessee Titans: Defensive end
“[Kamerion] Wimbley isn’t a bad player at all — in fact, he’s picked up 42.5 sacks in six years, which is pretty impressive. However, he’s never played exclusively as a 4-3 defensive end, and as our own esteemed Tom Gower noted on his Total Titans blog, four of his seven sacks in 2011 came against woefully overmatched Chargers backup tackle Brandyn Dombrowski. Wimbley was a smart signing in light of the other options, but he’s not exactly a sure thing. If the Titans can get some production from either Wimbley or third-year end Derrick Morgan, that would go a long way toward shoring up their 31st-place ranking in Adjusted Sack Rate from 2011.”


Paul Kuharsky’s thoughts: It’s possible Wimbley and Morgan with veteran Dave Ball and rookie Scott Solomon could be a good enough four pack. But I don’t like the odds for them all staying healthy and I don’t think it’s good enough.

My thoughts: The addition of Wimbley will be a boost to a horrid defensive ends corps. He is a guy that can bend the corner better than any Titans DE since Jevon Kearse. I do agree with McCown that neither Wimbley nor Morgan are sure things, but Morgan should be better than last year and Wimbley is a proven vet that will be playing a different scheme. Akeem Ayers rushing on passing downs is also a plus over last year’s pass rush. As Paul K mentions, Dave Ball and Scott Solomon should be decent backups, but if an injury occurs to one of the starters the Titans would have to fall back on Pannel Egbol and Malcom Sheppard.


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