3rd down defense
Everyone should already know this and it shouldn’t even be a slide by itself, but I feel like we need to talk about it again. This defense was the worst 3rd down defense in NFL history.
To do anything for the first time in NFL history is a big deal (either positively or negatively), but to be the worst ever at something so important should be ground for firing immediately. Think about all the pathetic 1-win or winless teams that we have seen over our lifetimes, now understand that Shane Bowen made this defense worse than any of them.
It shouldn’t even be a debate at this point that Shane Bowen is out of a job as the Titans DC, and he should be in an uphill battle to keep his job as a position coach. At no point has he ever elevated talent at the OLB position and on third downs where pass rushers make their money, Bowen couldn’t get anything from his group.
In fact, he was too busy using the team’s best pass rusher as a slot corner to even try to scheme anything that would make this team successful.
It is so frustrating to see that the data clearly backs up what most people could clearly see within 5 minutes of watching a Titans game. But, if you needed to see the data just look up and you can see Harold Landry’s closest pass rush comparisons are guys like Justin Houston (8 sacks), Brian Burns (9 sacks), and Shaq Barrett (8 sacks).