We continue our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we approach the 2013 regular season with a look at the defensive ends.
One thing approximately everybody who follows the Titans in any capacity can agree with is that the two starting defensive ends played entirely too much in 2012. One of those players managed a pretty good season, or at least a very encouraging one, while the other was a bit of a disappointment after getting a big free agent contract. Even beyond the merits of the two players, the Titans had major defensive problems that would inevitably lead to a reshaping of, and the bringing of more balance to, the defensive end grouping.
I when looked at the ends back in February, I noted a clear need for a least a key rotational piece who could play on passing downs but was ambivalent on how great the Titans would see their need at the position beyond that. Anything from a major addition to a more modest one seemed possible. The Titans in the end added that rotational run-stopper and also a player in the draft, as well as repurposing another player on the roster for Jerry Gray's (and Gregg Williams') conception of what a defensive end can be.
Will those additions, and the way the help the returning players, be enough for the Titans to finally be satisfied with their defensive end grouping?no comments