There was an interesting article posted recently by Teresa Walker of the Associated Press. One of the most surprising things to be learned was that because of the lockout, and the complexity of his scheme, Gray never had a chance to implement his actual defense last season.
“…he just trimmed the fat out of what the Titans had used the year before and managed to squeeze out a unit that ranked eighth in the league in fewest points allowed.” – Teresa Walker
It will be no surprise if the defense experiences some bumps early on. As Akeem Ayers points out, a lot of the players are learning that the way they were taught to do things in the past isn’t necessarily correct.
“I was doing a lot of things completely wrong.” Ayers said. ”We know we didn’t do our best job at getting to the quarterback and everybody knows that. The guy[s], the d-linemen, linebackers who rush the quarterback we know that we’ve got to do better at that. So that’s just motivation to work harder this offseason. We know we got things to work on.”
Jason McCourty, now one of the more veteran defenders going into just his fourth year, also hinted at the complex nature of things to come.
“Last year throughout the season certain things he would say that we couldn’t run just yet,” McCourty said. “We had to get an offseason to really teach it so we can master it before we go out on Sundays and get a chance to run it. So I’m excited about that, just to see the different nuances he’s going to add to the defense and let guys use their athletic ability and make plays.”
With the changes being made on offense and defense, the Titans are becoming something of a new-look team. It may take a year to get things under our belt, but this team could become something truly special.
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