Michael Griffin is an enigma. For Titans fans who have followed his career, it is known that he can have incredibly erratic swings in performance, going from Pro Bowl caliber one week to second-string worthy the next. However, there’s no denying that when he is playing to his abilities, there are few better safeties in the league.
Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray inherited Griffin when he signed up with the team last year. He knows what Griffin is capable of, yet admits that while he had some good games, he didn’t play as well as he could have.
“I think Griff just has to play like Michael Griffin. Play like what got you to the Pro Bowl. And whatever that is, that is why he got rewarded. If he can do that, then he is going to be a good football player. All we ask him to do is what he did when he went to the Pro Bowl. He got (seven) picks one year, he made his tackles and he showed up in critical situations. We want him to do that again.’’ – Jerry Gray
Gray’s “whatever that is” comment is interesting because he is essentially declaring that he hasn’t quite figured Michael Griffin out. Based on his recent $35 million dollar contract, Gray and the rest of the staff obviously recognize the potential, but Griffin has always been described as a little different in some respects, and the coach may still be figuring out how best to reach the player in a way that he responds positively to.
“Guess what? The opportunities are going to all be there for him again this year, but he has to show up and make those plays” – Jerry Gray
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