Friday, May 4, 2012
Titans: One big question
By Paul Kuharsky
Will the pass rush for the Tennessee Titans improve enough?
The Titans had just 28 sacks last season, and the lack of pass pressure was at the core of many of their problems.
Did they do enough to address it? They jumped to sign Kamerion Wimbley after he was let loose by the Raiders in a cost-cutting move. He should provide a boost, but I don’t know that he will single-handedly solve the problem. The Titans will start Wimbley and Derrick Morgan, who’s due to stay healthy and consistently produce. Dave Ball was re-signed to pitch in. Seventh-round pick Scott Solomon out of Rice will get chances to rush.
Tennessee is talking again about more pass rush from linebackers, particularly last year’s second-round pick, Akeem Ayers, the starter on the strong side. But the Titans have talked about linebackers in the pass rush on and off for years and never actually make it a reality.
Hopefully the coverage is good enough that the Titans are not afraid to send an extra rusher from the linebacking corps or secondary. Keith Millard was hired as a pass rush coach who will work with players from all three levels on technique for getting to the passer.
The Titans need Wimbley to be productive and Millard to be influential to make passers less comfortable against them.