Tennessee Titans: Shaun Smith Wants to Play Better

October 9, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass under pressure by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Shaun Smith (93) as guard Doug Legursky (center) pass protects during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

The Tennessee Titans DT Shaun Smith was not pleased with his performance this last season and has been working on his fitness to up his game for this next season. It’s a good idea for Smith, who could be on the wrong side of the roster bubble this year as the Titans added another big guy up front in this years draft, as well as another in free agency.

Smith has been doing hot yoga this offseason and has lost 22 pounds thus far. That brings him down to 340 lbs from 362 lbs.

Nate Dunlevy of BleacherReport.com marked Shaun Smith as his AFC South crush of the week. Though it’s nothing personal against Dunlevy or Smith, the articleis a bit of fluff.

He puts a lot of happy, positive things in his article. The cold hard fact remains that despite how nice of a person Smith may be, he’s getting paid to play football and he hasn’t been playing up to his contract. The Titans look to have three solid DT’s there already with Casey, Klug, and Martin. Sen’Derrick Marks is coming into a contract year and the Titans also have DaJohn Harris who they got as an UDFA. Harris could have been a mid-round pick had teams not been scared away by some heart issues.

All of these players pose a threat to Smith’s chances of sticking on the roster. That’s not even all the guys that are in the running for that position.

Hot yoga is a good start but Smith has a lot more challenges in his way. We’ll just have to see if he can step up to the challenge.

 

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Topics: AFC South, NFL, Shaun Smith, Tennessee Titans, Titan Sized

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  • dragak1981

    UNless Smith is a cancer in the locker room, as some have reported in the past, I say keep him and dump Marks.  Smith is at least semi-efective against the run and is a huge body.  Marks is neither and frankly sucks.  I say give his spot to Dajohn Harris if he earns it or Zach Clayton. 

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    I disagree. Marks started more this last year as a result of Smith’s poor play and I personally thought he was playing better, though it doesn’t look like he’ll ever live up to that 2nd round pick that was used on him.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @dragak1981
    I disagree. Marks started more this last year as a result of Smith’s poor play and I personally thought he was playing better, though it doesn’t look like he’ll ever live up to that 2nd round pick that was used on him.

  • dragak1981

     @jstitansized  I agree with you about Marks not meeting up to the expectations of a 2nd round pick.  The thing is, he has not lived up to the expectations of a 6th round pick in my opinion.  Sure he was starting last year, but as you said that was more of a result of Smith being horrible and Marks being the only remaining option (Karl Klug is undersized to play the run on early downs).  Marks simply does not make impact plays and could be part of the reason the Titans were poor against the run (Jurrell Casey can only do so much).  I am just so down on Marks because he is such a waste of a 2nd round pick.  I am not high on Smith at all though either,  He played extremely poorly. as well. 

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @dragak1981 Yeah. I expect Mike Martin to be leading both Marks and Smith. I’ve got a lot of hope for him
     

  • JasonPeters

    I agree. I think Smith has at least been working hard in the off-season and seems motivated to succeed. I haven’t heard a single thing about Marks, but if I recall correctly, he was coached by Rocker in Auburn, which may work to his benefit. Either way, as long as he’s working hard on behalf of the team, I say keep him. He’s not gonna cost us a lot at 2 mil, and at the very least gives us depth.

  • dragak1981

     @JasonPeters Agreed. Word has it he has lost over 20 pounds