The Tennessee Titans have not really been what you could call a blitzing team. In 2009, they brought only 4 rushers 79.9% of the time, tops in the league. Surprisingly, that league-leading total was actually less than they rushed 4 in 2008, and the number of times they brought either 3 or 4 rushers fell from 83.3% to only 80.8%, or pretty much the same as the combined 80.7% they rushed 3 or 4 in 2007. With the Colts actually blitzing some in 2009, the Titans finally inherited the mantle as the league's most blitz-averse team.
The continuity in blitzing in 2009 may have been a bit of a mild surprise, as Chuck Cecil replaced Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. Cecil during his career as known as an aggressive player, and Fisher's Titans formerly (and nearly once again) employed the famously blitz-friendly Gregg Williams, whose Saints defense rushed 5 or more 47.3% of the time last year. Against the Cardinals, the Titans frequently brought more than 4 rushers, often with good results. That tendency to rush more than the basic 4 continues against Carolina, though with less impressive results. We'll have to see what the regular season brings, but in the interim, I thought I'd write a little more about blitzing.