Zach Brown's playtime has been increasing for most of the season after the Titans selected him in the second round of this year's draft. First he played weakside linebacker against the Chargers when Will Witherspoon shifted to the middle against the Chargers. Then, beginning in the Vikings game he took away some of Witherspoon's snaps at inside linebacker and eventually got them all. Finally, in the last two weeks, he's displaced Akeem Ayers in the nickel.
Against the Bears last week, Brown played every snap except two (one of them the first snap of the game, which shows the oddity of valuing all players by starts) and led all linebackers in snaps for the first time this season. In addition to time on the field, he also hit the statsheet, leading the Titans with 10 credited tackles (7 solo), two of them for a loss, and also recovered a fumble.
Because I was interested in how Brown was developing, and whether some traits I saw in his earlier play were still present, I decided to take an in-depth look at Brown's play against the Bears. What I found was, well, after the jump.no comments