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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Last year the Tennessee Titans were ranked thirteenth in yards surrendered per game but they were fourth overall at stopping the run. It’s clear the defensive side of the ball is Tennessee’s most important facet of their football team and it was surprising to see them double down and select two more defenders on draft night. Those guys were Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry. A pair of linebackers who are expected to combine with some of the other stars the Titans have and make one of the better front sevens in football. You have to remember this team was already loaded with Wesley Woodyard, Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo, DaQuan Jones, and Derrick Morgan. By adding Evans and Landry the goal was to get as much defensive firepower as possible and outgun teams on game day. It was quite the contrarian approach because it seemed like this franchise should’ve addressed their lackluster offense. However it’s such a bold course of action that it just might pan out. Opposing teams are going to have their hands full when they line up against Tennessee. We all know defense win championships and clearly you don’t have to tell Mike Vrabel that because he won three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. This front office also signed Malcolm Butler in free agency so Vrabel isn’t the only former Patriot who is heading to Nashville. All of these defensive acquisitions are expected to clamp down on the high octane offenses the league has to offer. From the sounds of it they should be able to do so because they have a lot to work with. Really it’s going to come down to how well Vrabel can draw up plays and schemes? The personnel is there now the Titans need a general who can really dial it up and get the most out of their players.
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Mike Vrabel knows his defense is the most important factor of his team heading into the 2018 season.