I will be the first person to say that I was hard on the Tennessee Titans secondary last year. I didn’t like the fact that Jason McCourty regressed without Alterraun Verner beside him, and I didn’t like the way Michael Griffin and George Wilson provided no real impact on the back end. Fast forward today, and I am actually excited to see how this season plays out at the second level.
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Yesterday the Houston Texans cut hard hitting safety D.J. Swearinger for allegedly saying that he wouldn’t play special teams. When he was subject to claims, eight teams (you know, 25% of the league) all tried to claim him.
Ultimately he landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead of the other candidates that were lower on the priorities list: New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens.
The Tennessee Titans are no where on that list, and I think they are right not to. If we are talking about pure “strong safety” defensive backs, this team is loaded with that position.
At the top of this depth chart, you have to think that Da’Norris Searcy coming off of a dominant 2014 campaign will have a stranglehold on the starter spot. Not only can he play in run support, but he is also an above average cover player which is a balance the Tennessee Titans haven’t had in recent years.
Behind him upstart Daimion Stafford has to be another guy that Dick LeBeau and company will love. The most devastating hits last year came when he found guys in open space and just blew through them. Not only can he play defense, but he is also a good special teams player that can solidify a spot on the roster every week.
The third guy to me is UDFA Cody Prewitt from Ole Miss. This guy was a force last year and showed he could knock people around. While he was fun to watch in the run game or coming downhill on receivers as soon as they caught the ball, he was also a very good player in coverage. I would be surprised if he doesn’t stick on the roster and push for playing time by the end of the year.
This group is one of the most promising young groups on the team, and under the coaching leadership of Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton, and the player leadership of Michael Griffin and Da’Norris Searcy this team’s future looks bright here.