Oct 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a touchdown pass between Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux (26) and safety Michael Griffin (33) in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans' FS/SS Michael Griffin Needs to Step His Game Up

I’ve been one of the Tennessee Titans’ FS/SS Michael Griffin’s biggest supporters, but the recent stats that have been brought to light have me incredibly frustrated and disappointed.

While browsing over at PFF.com, I came across some pretty disappointing numbers in the Free Agent Dividends article, which also recapped re-signings and and other offseason additions.

Worst Franchise Tag

Michael Griffin, S, Tennessee Titans (5 Years, $35 Million)

Not wanting to lose both Finnegan and Michael Griffin, the Titans decided to franchise-tag their talented, yet inconsistent, safety. But after years of up-and-down play, Griffin’s performance has been simply down this season (-15.1). He’s missed a league-high 13  tackles and opposing QBs have a 150.0 passer rating when targeting him. He’ll need to improve on his league-worst -10.4 coverage grade if he wants to reward Tennessee for its investment in him.

I generally defend Griffin with a scheme argument, followed by the fact that he’s not being utilized as a FS, where he has played his entire career. Even now I’m fighting that.

You have to blame Gray some what. The guy sat Jordan Babineaux for the first three or so games and Babineaux is the only safety playing worthwhile. In the end though, those numbers override the rest of those arguments. He leads the league in missed tackles. That’s not acceptable. He also has an ungodly completion percentage against him.

150.0 passer rating? How is that even possible?

Griffin can expect to see himself jobless in a few months if he doesn’t step his game up. Those numbers are unforgivable. I hoped the Titans would draft another safety to pair with Griffin this last draft. Now the train of thought is leaning more towards finding a replacement for Griffin in the next draft.


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