Nov 25, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Brown (55) sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) in the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans Season Notes: Better in the Sack Department

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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  • Jason Kirk

    And the award for Best Nashville Sports Blog Headline of the Month goes to…

    • Justin Stewart

      Ha ha ha. I meant to make a quip about that at the end… Dang it. Late night writing….

  • josh gunnels

    So what you’re saying is that sacks have nothing to do with winning….I remember the first game against the jaguars where we crushed Henne about a million times, and still lost. Overrated stat?????

    • Justin Stewart

      Not overrated, I’d say, but you have to be cautious about how you look at it. Things that do stick out are teams success and how high individual’s sack numbers are. 49ers had two guys with great sack numbers, Titans have their numbers dispersed everywhere. Inconsistent pressure, IMO

      • Shawn Eagle

        What’s a very interesting correlation between sacks and ypa is that even though last year we had fewer sacks….our ypa was lower….this year…more sacks yet our ypa was higher….so which would rather have in that scenario?

        • Justin Stewart

          Good question. I think most would say YPA lower in hopes of less 1st downs and big plays.