Thursday saw the release of Football Outsiders Almanac 2010, the latest edition of the annual put out by Football Outsiders. As I've mentioned on here before, I now write for FO, which means I wrote the Titans chapter in this year's edition. Over the next couple weeks or so, I'll be writing a few posts on some of the things in that chapter, and some of the things that didn't make into the chapter. Just as a disclaimer, most of these posts will probably be heavily influenced by FO's numbers.
When the Titans made the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, it was largely on the back of one of the league's best defenses, and with every starter but Haynesworth back for 2009, it seemed reasonable to expect the same in 2009. That clearly didn't happen, as the Titans gave up 300 yards passing and 20+ points in in 5 of their first 6 games in falling to 0-6. The rest of the year, the Titans only gave up 300+ yards passing once and held 6 of their 10 opponents under 20 points. Obviously, that improved performance was the result of the defense playing better, right?
Well, not really.