The Tennessee Titans must get more out of Bud Dupree.
Two weeks in, the Tennessee Titans have a chance of finishing with worse defensive rankings than they were given in 2020, and frankly, that’s hard to do. A year ago, they were 28th in yards allowed, 29th against the pass, and 30th in sacks which is exactly why they made decisions like giving Bud Dupree a five-year deal that would pay him $82.5 million over the course of his time with the team.
This is where conversations like ‘it’s only been two games’ and ‘he’s injured’ end. Sure, he’s coming off of an injury, but when you get the high-dollar contracts, you take the lion’s share of the blame.
The Titans have given up 38 points in their first contest and another 33 in their second. Regardless of how good a team’s offense is performing, you aren’t going to win many games if trends like that continue.
Dupree has some ability, but you know what they say. People lie and numbers don’t. He’s been on the field for 87 defensive snaps and 17 special teams snaps in 2021. That’s led to two total tackles and zero sacks. Simply put, that isn’t going to cut it. Don’t sound the alarm on Dupree yet, but don’t be surprised if you see someone walking around with their hand on the panic button.