We continue our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we approach the 2013 regular season with a look at the cornerbacks.
I covered this more extensively in Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 than I have on here, but in some ways the play of the cornerbacks in 2012 was in the eye of the beholder. By Football Outsiders numbers, the Titans pass defense was only slightly worse in 2012 than it was in 2011 and had the same strengths, performing well against #2 and Other receivers, and weakness, struggling against opponents' top wideouts. Yet, about any subjective analysis would rate the Titans as having a clearly worse cornerback group in 2012 without Cortland Finnegan.
The arrival of Gregg Williams means the Titans will apparently be asking their cornerbacks to play a lot more press man than they've played in the past. That means a different conception of what traits are (and are not) valuable in a cornerback. Some pieces in place already fit the new scheme well. Other pieces do not, but are still valuable. Yet others arrived in the offseason. What does this mean for 2013, and does it help us resolve the apparent paradox in 2012 v. 2011 results?no comments