Sep 18, 2011; Nashville, TN, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) tries to pass while in the grasp of Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (99) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Ravens 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Defense Still A Weakness?

As per usual, nobody believes in the Tennessee Titans and all the potential they’ve got on the roster. Today on ESPN.com, there was a posting from Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson in the AFC South Blog ranking all the AFC South’s defenses. The Titans came in third, behind the Texans and the Jaguars.

I completely understand ranking the Texans defense number one. They’re one of the best defenses in the NFL and should come back just as powerful as they were last year.

My beef lies with ranking the Jaguars ahead of the Titans.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the Jaguars have a pretty respectful defense. They had a great pass rush this last year and I learned to loathe all the talent their MLB Paul Posluszny possesses. I just don’t see as many budding stars on their defense.

The Titans have the likes of MLB Colin McCarthy, DT Jurrell Casey, DT Karl Klug, CB Alterraun Verner, CB Jason McCourty, all of which I expect to see even more from this upcoming season. They’ve also got a few players from the recent draft that I expect to be impact players, whether it be this year or one in the future. One such case is the new DT Mike Martin. The guy is 300 lbs of pure muscle.

Those are just a few of the players who make a difference. We’re still waiting to see whether DE’s Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan will show up, as well as whether Michael Griffin can return to his old, awesome form. Williamson doesn’t completely glance over that in his article:

…the Titans are very young on defense and could be poised to improve. Youngsters Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Alterraun Verner, Jason McCourty and others are much better players than many casual NFL fans know. Third-round pick Mike Martin should be the perfect complement to the run-stuffing Casey and the lighter pass-rushing Klug in the Titans’ defensive tackle rotation.

I think his biggest problem is he is putting too much weight on the loss of Cortland Finnegan in free agency. I’ve been pretty high on the Titans CB’s all offseason and I see no reason to back down now.

We’ll just have to wait to let the actual NFL season show what the rankings are.

 

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  • dragak1981

    I agree…the Titan’s defense gets little respect…I think after this season though guys like Casey and McCarthy will become more recognized…not to mention JMAC, who already should be, and ATV…After a full off season Ayers should be much improve, and though he started slow last year, looked pretty good at the end of the season.  If Klug does his thing again and Martin steps in and is the beast I think everyone expects him to be, the middle of the line will be stout!  I have less faith in the DEs…I have not seen much of anything at all from Morgan and really know little about Wimbley’s play…but the DEs can’t be worse than last year, can they?  Wimbley has to be an upgrade of J Jones…Safety play concerns me (poor tackling, getting lost in coverage).  The nickel spot worries me as well because we are really looking at unprovens there….I would like to see Tommy Campbell there if he can cut it…he is big, fast and physical…The wild card could be Zach Brown.  Ican’t wait to see what kind of impact he has…especially in coverage in TEs…Basically, this defense has a ceiling of top ten easily and a floor of middle of the pack…if the offense is as good as it can be…middle of the pack will be just fine…anything else will be icing on the cake…

    • http://www.justinlstewart.com Justin Stewart

      Agreed. I’m excited to see how the linebackers turn out. We could have a really amazing group. I’m not so worried about the nickel spot. The DE’s are unproven, but I have faith in them. I think we’re gonna surprise a lot of people this year.