September 1, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Karl Klug (97) is congratulated by teammates following a safety against the New Orleans Saints in the first quarter during a preseason game at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

Casey, Klug and Martin, the best group of young DTs


It’s time for old fashion football. When you face MJD and Arian Foster twice a year you have to be able to stop the run or you simply have no chance to win that football game.

604 pounds combined between Martin and Casey won’t be easy to move around for opposing offensive lines, especially when you talk about smart guys who are still under 24 years old.

Martin is a high motor kind of player who never quits a play. He will win a lot of 1-on-1 match-ups and was a really productive player. He is a great addition to an already young defensive line and will compliment what Casey and Karl Klug did last year. He may be the safest pick on this year’s draft.

We all know what Casey is capable of doing. He was all over the field making tackles in the backfield and showed great instincts to read and react. The surprising thing is that he did all of that with no offseason last year.

Karl Klug is more of a situational pass rush player. He will see a lot of playing time and will be right behind Martin and Casey for second and third and long. He is also capable of stopping the run because of his athleticism even though he is a little undersized for a DT in the NFL.

Martin, Casey and Klug will definitely be a combo hard to defend for opposing teams and this will definitely help defensive ends to have more 1-on-1 match-ups in the edge.

I don’t understand when people say that we haven’t improved our pass rush. Just imagine this: Martin and Casey pushing with 604 pounds of strength in the interior line, Wimbley rushing off the edge with great athleticism and behind him, Ayers or rookie Zack Brown rushing the passer showing crazy speed. If that’s not enough, you can add Karl Klug, Derrick Morgan and Collin McCarthy to the mix of players capable of rushing the passer.

My sense is that we will see a more aggressive scheme from Gray. The Titans just brought a “pass rush specialist” to improve players’ technique.

I’m expecting big numbers from this unit. Titans did upgrade their pass rush, just wait and see. On the other hand, it can’t get worse than last year right?


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  • dragak1981

    I agree that the middle of the D-line may actually be the defense’s strength…and the linebackers…McCarthy is a monster, Ayers should show some improvement and by the end of the season last year was making much more of an impact and though Brown is an unproven commodity at this point. he has lots of upsdie and interesting ways he can be used. 
    As far the D Tackles…I believe Martin will frequently demand double teams, and like you said this will give the D-Ends lots of one on one match ups on the edge in teh passing game and should allow the linebackers to clean up in the run game.  Jurrell Casey often eats up two blockers as well, and he or Martin can both win one on one battles.  I just hope we have seen the last of S. Marks…he is useless.  That goes for Sean Smith if he has not come to work and had an attitude adjustment.  With douzable and the undrafted rookie johnson, they may have enough to make up for those two.  Though Smith is a big clog up front…but he needs to seriously step up his game.

  • JasonPeters

    Spot on. Like you said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some rather exotic packages from Gray. I can see Martin & Casey absolutely jamming the middle, leaving room for the other guys to explode of the edge. With all of the speed we’re bringing to the team, I also look forward to seeing how we come out of the gate to start the season.

  • seagle1

    If Martin finishes with 20 tackles and 2 sacks I’ll be happy. Marks might not be that good but he still has experience on the pro level and walking in as 3rd rookie offers a lot of challenges.