If there’s only one positive thing to take away from the Tennessee Titans 2012 season, it’s that they were able to go from 2nd worst in the league in sacks to tied for 9th best. For a little bit of perspective, their 39 sacks was one sack better than the San Francisco 49ers and two sacks better than the Baltimore Ravens.
While the Titans didn’t get the sack numbers from their DE’s that they’d like to get, their linebackers were able to step up and found great success at getting to the QB, specifically rookie OLB Zach Brown and 2nd year OLB Akeem Ayers.
There was plenty wrong with the Titans defense this year, but towards the end it felt like they were finally starting to find some sort of a rhythm, though the Green Bay game certainly seemed to say the opposite. It seems that Jerry Gray will have another shot at turning this defense into the impressive machine you’d think it was capable of being.
Hopefully a strong draft and some good free agency moves will help Gray get whatever pieces his scheme is missing and the Titans defense starts to resemble the one that was a terror in the NFL for so long.
In my eyes, it’s close. The addition of a good SS and possibly another fast CB, as well as a good DE to throw into rotation with Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley could have this defense firing on all cylinders. Well, that and a healthy Colin McCarthy. He seems to be the glue that holds the center of the defense together.
To beat a dead horse, only time will tell. At least I can point at the sack numbers as a marked improvement.
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