Tennessee Titans suffer huge loss for Sunday’s game

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Derrick Morgan
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Derrick Morgan /

Tennessee Titans won’t have Derrick Morgan this weekend.

According to multiple reports, the Tennessee Titans will not have Derrick Morgan this weekend.

This is just rough, Morgan was having his best season and was on track for a 10 sack year. Now, Morgan will have to rest and try to heal up for the next week’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Marcus Mariota is the most important individual player to this team’s success, however Derrick Morgan is one of the most important defenders on the roster. Even more important is that the Titans are desperately thin at EDGE.

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I will say this, Erik Walden has come on in the last three weeks getting 2 of his 3 sacks during that time span. Brian Orakpo has also started to pick up some steam tallying 3.5 of his 5 sacks this year in the last four weeks.

Kevin Dodd has been a big disappointment this year and I hate that for him, but the lack of depth at EDGE is one of the main weaknesses on this roster. While no roster is perfect, this seems to be a glaring hole that needs to be filled this offseason.

I don’t know how the Titans compensate for the loss of Morgan, but I hope that it involves more blitzing and less conservative coverages.

One outside of the box option is to use Jayon Brown more. Dick LeBeau put him in some coverage situations outside last week against Nuk Hopkins. If he feels comfortable with him in coverage (and let’s face it, LeBeau seems to be alright with anyone dropping into coverage) Brown could earn even more time on the field.

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If you are dead set on having Avery Williamson start opposite of Wesley Woodyard, then you can set up a package where Brown plays the role of a traditional 3-4 EDGE player who can also drop into coverage.

That would get the Titans best players on the field without really sacrificing anything. Can Brown hold up to all those snaps and would LeBeau let him try are the two big questions I have.

It will be interesting to see if LeBeau treats Morgan like just another cog, or if he designs something special because he realizes Morgan’s impact on this defense.