In a year where the Tennessee Titans defense was allowing one of the league’s worst 29.6 ppg they came out firing on all cylinders and held the Miami Dolphins to 3 points. All 3 phases of the defense were playing with effort and preparation like we have not seen since 2008.
Whatever Jerry Gray did last week, he needs to keep doing because it worked.
The defensive line recorded 2 sacks, 2 pass defelctions and endless quarterback hurries. I have been praising Derrick Morgan all season for his drastic improvement, but his play Sunday proved that he is the best defensive linemen on the Titans roster. Not by a long shot by any means, but he is a complete defensive end that has provided consistent play.
The Titans have the youngest corps of starting linebackers in the league in Ayers, McCarthy and Brown. They each recorded an interception last Sunday and McCarthy returned his for a touchdown off a tipped pass by Ayers. If the defense wants to keep playing like this they will need these kinds of performances from the heart of their defense.
Jason McCourty set the tone early when he stripped Reggie Bush after what looked to be a steady drive by the Dolphins offense. The turnover seemed to get in the heads of the Dolphins while boosting the confidence and morale of the Titans to a season high. It was beautiful to watch, over and over again.
For this team to keep moving forward a well-managed bye week for McCarthy to get healthier is a top priority.
I am curious to see how a game like this affects this young roster. Will it keep them on a high that they would never relinquish? Or will it make their egos bigger than life and cause a downward failure? I prefer the former.
My Grade- A+