It’s easy to see why so many have put their calculable servings on this malevolent group that also eats quarterback. As the offense had more questions than answers after trading away from AJ Brown, the pass rush was one of the main reasons this team took the fight to secure the AFC No. 1 seed.
But in the two games so far, the Titans’ rush of passes hasn’t shown the consistency it has shown throughout last season.
After five sacks in the first week against the poor New York Giants offensive line, the Titans returned with a one-sack performance against the Buffalo Bills in the second week.
And while there were some excuses built in for the sudden drop in sacks – the Bills had a superior attacking streak compared to the Giants, the hits at quarterback, and Josh Allen’s move – there was no doubt that week-to-week consistency continued to emerge as a result of the performance.
We talk a lot about who this Titans is, how bad it is for this team’s success, and how disastrous it would be if they suddenly lost this team.
This identity is steeped in a foundation of physicality, responsibility, unpredictability, and pure perseverance in all aspects of the game. Offensively, it’s about winning the battle in the trenches by effectively managing football and penalizing defenses by taking advantage of the branching additions that come as a result, like the passing attack for which this offense is known.
Defensively, the same principles apply, such as winning the battle on the melee line and being physical at all three levels (in the melee line, the second level, and in the minor).
But what makes up a very big part of that identity defensively, is the ability to speed up the passers and make teams afraid to rush your passes. Just like the panic that would happen if the Giants lost their ability to constantly run football, so the panic would arise if that team suddenly lost their ability to continually dash the lane.
We see the results of these scenarios come out in real time, and they were mostly wrapped in a Titans loss against the Bills on Monday night. If these scenarios continue to pillage the usually powerful defensive unit of Titans, the overall results will begin to multiply until it turns into an avalanche that the team will not be able to stop.
Despite the easily visible visual scares, Titans Defense Coordinator Shane Bowen Did not matter With early consistency issues. In fact, he sees it as an opportunity for the players who have been included in the squad, to make an impact and make a name for themselves.
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“it’s not [a concern]Bowen explained Thursday. “That’s what it is now, I think our guys are working on trying it [pass] Accelerates.”
“I’m not interested in that, and I hope these people keep getting better and better. And hopefully they will step in and be able to make some impact. [on the quarterback]. ”
Bowen’s reply is fine, yes, but the reality of the situation is more bleak than his words might indicate.
Even before the season even started, the rush has lost its most versatile piece of Harold Landry throughout the entire 2022 season.
Bud Dupree – who was signed to a big financial contract in his last off-season – didn’t play well enough to justify his contract, and he brought his injury questions with him to Tennessee.
These are just the two main chess pieces that the Titans have at the outer back.
Rashad Weaver is not yet ready to tackle a full-time role and produce at the level the giants need.
Ola Adeniyi is a good choice for depth, but it’s totally unreasonable to expect him to give the Titans the production they need from their outside midfielders.
Inside, Jeffrey Simmons is an elite player on the verge of getting an expensive contract extension that he deserves. But even he has limitations due to the double teams he receives due to his superiority as an internal defector.
Even Denico Autry has dealt with some injury issues during the off-season.
This rush of passing is full of questions, and it is currently difficult to gauge the overall impact it will have on this season, and how well it can meet the level this team needs.
And that’s a red flag, as this rush of passes is the only possible way for this team to be able to make noise in an AFC stadium that is expected to be loaded with contenders.
Unless the Titans’ offense pulls a prodigy out of their magical black hat and somehow returns to the high scoring level displayed during the pre-Todd Downing and AJ Brown era.
“I’m excited about the ones we got in there,” Bowen said. “They have to get out there, perform, perform, step up, and take advantage of their opportunities.”
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