The Tennessee Titans DC Jerry Gray preaches being aggressive on defense, though we’ve still yet to see much of it from the players. That being said, when you do see aggressiveness from one of them, you hate to see them punished for it.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened to FS/SS Michael Griffin.
Griffin had a helmet to helmet contact with Minnesota Vikings‘ WR Michael Jenkins a few weeks ago and now, he’s paying the price… to the tune of $21,000. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the rule. Griffin had to of known it was coming. Player safety is king in today’s football.
Putting aside the fine, I hope it doesn’t deter Griffin from laying on the smack. For whatever reason, Griffin has fallen off the playmaker wagon and the Titans desperately need him back on there. They need that aggressiveness that he hasn’t seemed to have the past couple of years.
A $21,000 fine certainly doesn’t help that.
I don’t know why the Titans have so much trouble with their safeties, but if I’m Gray, I’m looking through Schwartz’s old playbook. We need more big plays from them.
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