I can’t stress how little there was to be positive about during the Tennessee Titans 2014 season. With Taylor Lewan ending his great rookie season early and Zach Mettenberger failing to take the starting job, the rookies weren’t an exceptional bright spot.
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However, that does not apply for 5th round rookie Avery Williamson. In fact, he was so good that out of every Tennessee Titans player, Williamson was chosen as PFF’s “Secret Superstar“.
This is what they had to say about Williamson:
“While Tennessee had a forgettable season, Williamson was a bright spot. He recorded the fifth-most tackles (56), second-most assists (18), third-most sacks (4) and fourth-most stops (35) on the Titans’ roster, despite not having significant playing time until Week 5. Under the tutelage of LeBeau, and paired up with the returning Brown, there is every reason to believe that Williamson will continue to develop into a player that will excite his home state.”
What they don’t say in that quote is that it isn’t just the tutelage of LeBeau that should help the Tennessee Titans inside linebacker, it is the scheme. No other scheme in the NFL is as effective at bringing linebackers on blitzes without sacrificing coverage.
The Tennessee Titans have one of the sneakiest defenses in the entire NFL. They have Jurrell Casey on the defensive line, who is one of the best players at any defensive line position. They have Derrick Morgan, Zach Brown, Avery Williamson, and Brian Orakpo at linebacker, which may be a top-5 unit across the board.
Then on top of that they have Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox holding down the cornerback position. Top that off with Da’Norris Searcy making Michael Griffin better, and you have a pretty good defense.
However, this offense will ultimately only go as far as Williamson and Zach Brown can take it, because those two positions are key in this scheme. So thank goodness at least one of those spots seems to be locked down.