Friday, November 8, 2013
Titans' run defense mindset needs to revert
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans' run defense is slipping, and it’s one area where they could get hurt by the Jaguars on Sunday at LP Field.
The Titans were far sounder and a better tackling team early this season.
Senior assistant/defense Gregg Williams said the tackling effort in the Oct. 6 loss to Kansas City was one of the best tackling games he’s ever been involved with.
“We haven’t been sound in our gaps, we haven’t been tackling well, we’ve got to bring guys down,” strong safety Bernard Pollard said. “You look at the 49er game, they ran read-option on us, we didn’t stop it, not one time. You look at (the Rams game) they ran power down our throat and we didn’t tackle well. We did not respond well against it and we knew it was coming, that’s the bad part about it.”
Jacksonville's Maurice-Jones Drew is averaging 3.2 yards a carry. The Jaguars have been behind by a lot, often, which limits their ability to run as often as they might like. But he's had a lot of success against the Titans in the past.
Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey says the mindset need to change for the Titans to return to the run defense it played earlier in the season.
"Attitude is the biggest thing,” he said. “Making sure guys are sound, knowing what they’ve got to do out there and having the willpower to get it done, that’s the biggest thing. I can’t tell you why we’ve gotten away from that. I don’t know if it’s injuries or just people who don’t know what they’ve got to do out there.”
They better know what they are doing in order to slow Jones-Drew, who’s line and blocking are lacking, and who Tennessee can’t allow to break through for his first big day of the season.
John Glennon of The Tennessean also wrote of the run defense.