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Author: Jon Kuzma
When Mike Vrabel took over the Tennessee Titans is was obvious that he wanted put most of his focus on improving the defense. Vrabel completely disregarded the fact that the Titans offense needed to be revamped but that gamble is paying off for the first year head coach. Tennessee has only surrendered 73 points throughout their first four games and that’s helped them clamp down on most of their opponents. Wesley Woodyard and Jurrell Casey have been the two players who’ve led the charge for the Titans. Woodyard is the top defender with 33 tackles so far. Even though the 32 year old linebacker (Woodyard) is in his 11th season. He’s been outstanding at reading plays and locating the football. Tennessee would be in trouble without Woodyard’s instincts. Although Casey has been solid as well. The Titans best defensive lineman has recorded 19 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles up to this point. Those efforts have been disruptive and keep offenses grounded. Then there’s been a strong supporting cast that’s really made an impact as well. Malcolm Butler, Harold Landry, and Kenny Vaccaro have all contributed a little bit. With all this talent on that side of the ball Mike Vrabel can draw up some really creative schemes and takeaway team’s strengths. So far those have been winning methods for an emerging contender. It’s very possible that Tennessee is better than they were a season ago. They’re deeper than they were in 2017 and that allows the Titans to get a nice rotation going. Not only that but the secondary has improved with a couple of big acquisitions. The two quality wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles also stick out. Don’t surprised if this franchise wins a couple of playoff games this year because they have so many good things going for them right now.
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The Titans have a knack for keeping their opponents out of the end zone and that’s been so key to their success.