Our final stop on the defense as we tour the Tennessee Titans position by position as they head into the 2013 offseason is a look at the safety position.
Back in 2008, when the Titans had the best record in the league thanks in large part to a very strong defense, you could credibly argue the league's best safety combination was in Tennessee. While one of the players from that combination is still there, the Titans since that season ended in disappointment have experienced new faces or simply poor play at the position every season. As with the outside linebacker position, which has been subject to a broadly similar dynamic, this extended period of transition and uncertainty was accompanied by something of a change in conception for the position.
The goings-on at safety haven't been quite the same as the transitions at outside linebacker, as there's been one player whose presence, though not his level of performance, has been quite consistent. Having made a dubious decision to financially commit to him before last offseason, the story of the safety position for the Titans in 2012 was how to get their designated star to play like a star for the first time in five seasons, a problem that seemed to vex defensive coordinator Jerry Gray as much as the casual fan.
The 2013 offseason has already seen one move made and another potential one not made at the safety position for the Titans. Given that context, just what should we think of the Titans' safeties as they stand right now, and should we expect more moves to be made?