Dec 5, 2010; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) runs against Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon (92) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Another Tennessee Titans' Player Makes the Wrong List

Just when it looked like the Tennessee Titans were making all the right lists I start finding the bad ones. Today’s really did surprise me.

I’m a fan of Will Witherspoon. I like him as a person and he has been a capable starter for the Titans the past couple years. I noticed he’d miss a tackle every now and then, but I was never counting…

So without further ado, I bring you today’s report from PFF’s “Three Years of Tackling Efficiency” series staring linebackers.

Via PFF:

Rank Player Snaps Tks Ass MT Tackling Efficiency
1 Sean Weatherspoon 1427 120 20 23 7.1
2 Geno Hayes 2563 208 28 38 7.2
3 DeAndre Levy 2430 209 28 37 7.4
4 Stephen Cooper 1599 110 17 19 7.7
5 Quincy Black 1833 157 21 26 7.8
6 Lofa Tatupu 1319 85 19 15 7.9
7 Julian Peterson 1910 110 29 20 8.0
7 Ben Leber 1267 82 9 13 8.0
9 Ernie Sims 1801 129 23 21 8.2
10 Channing Crowder 1226 80 7 12 8.3
10 Nick Roach 1296 100 17 16 8.3
12 Chris Gocong 2303 133 32 22 8.5
13 Keith Bulluck 1253 102 13 15 8.7
13 Will Witherspoon 2952 180 36 28 8.7
15 Rocky McIntosh 2335 186 40 29 8.8
15 Larry Foote 1528 134 22 20 8.8

When tackling’s your job it’s never a good thing to be amongst the worst at your position. On a side note, ex-Tennessee Titan Stephen Tulloch came in second of all linebackers with 308 tackles. I’m okay with that just on the fact that he had never forced a turnover until this past year.

Colin McCarthy forced three in his rookie year as well as recovering two fumbles. I’ll take McCarthy any day.

The Titans drafted OLB Zach Brown in the second round of this years draft and he’s the heir apparent to Witherspoon’s spot. It’ll be interesting to see how long it is before Brown does take his spot. Witherspoon is the weakest link of a very young and strong linebacker group and it’s only a matter of time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brown step up and take over some time during this coming season.

Brown’s a fast linebacker who excels at pass coverage and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder from:

A. Falling to the second round (Akeem Ayers, anyone?)


B. Having Mike Mayock tell everyone he’s “allergic to contact.

I really hope to see him prove Mayock wrong and just wreak havock out on the field. If Brown turns out, the Titans will have a top-5 linebacker group sporting Ayers, McCarthy, and obviously Brown. That would be great to see after the past few years of uncertainty that have surrounded the linebacker position in Tennessee.


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