What will the Titans' sub package on defense look like in 2013? This is an interesting and complicated question for a number of reasons. The sheer number of different pieces on the defensive line gives the Titans options. Akeem Ayers may rush more. Who's going to play the slot? How much Big Nickel with three safeties will the Titans play? Just how much dime, either 4-1-6 or Ruby (3-2-6) will they play? Oh, yeah, and Gregg Williams played the 3-3-5 nickel as his primary sub package in both New Orleans and Jacksonville, so might we see a lot more of that from the Titans as well?
We've gotten a little bit of insight into how things might go, and we can also make some relatively educated guesses. Some of these are pretty straightforward-that Derrick Morgan, Zach Brown, and Jason McCourty (playing on the outside) seems pretty darned likely, though of course Morgan shouldn't play every snap. What else do we know?
1. If you believe Jerry Gray, Sammie Lee Hill's here for mostly for first and second downs. This doesn't mean he won't play in sub, but he's a run-stopper, not a pass rusher. Ruston Webster when they signed him and Mike Munchak more recently have made noises about how he can be an effective pass rushers, but I'm going with Gray's comments over that.
2. Kamerion Wimbley is no lock to line up at defensive end if he's on the field. This is another nugget from Gray's media session during minicamps. 2011 was his first time playing with his hand in the dirt all the time, and Gray described it as a learning session both for Wimbley and for him and the Titans. From Gray's point of view, he learned Wimbley was not what he thinks of as a "true" defensive end who is going to give you what you need. In other words, Gray saw the same thing everybody else who paid attention did, that teams had a lot of success spreading the Titans out and running the ball right at them, and one of the solutions for that seems to be less Wimbley at end.no comments