Monday, December 13, 2010
Should Titans aim to get bigger up front?
By Paul Kuharsky
With Albert Haynesworth as one big exception, the Tennessee Titans have traditionally used less than gigantic defensive tackles. They aren’t generally big at end or linebacker either.
This year, as part of their horrific six-game skid, a banged up crew of linemen has been worn down, been on the field for long stretches while losing time of possession by big margins.
It is enough for a philosophical change going forward?
Jeff Fisher was asked about getting bigger along the front seven at his Monday news conference. You can’t put too much on what’s said in such settings and we don’t know if Fisher’s going to be around to determine the philosophy.
But he indicated it’s something that will be up for review.
“Yeah, that’s something that will be addressed,” when asked about getting bigger. “Our division is such that you’re going to need some big bodies inside. Especially when you’re playing run games like at Houston and Jacksonville.”
Tony Brown is a good player and a very good story and he got his chance as a result of Haynesworth’s 2006 suspension from the Andre Gurode incident.
But the knee problem that’s kept Brown out of practice a whole lot this season isn’t new. Did the team have the right read on it when it planned for him to be a centerpiece of the line going forward and gave him a three-year, $17 million contract in April?
It’s the sort of move that’s open for debate now while we talk of size and durability.