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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