There has always been much to talk about with the Titans defense. A lot would say the Titans made great strides in the 2017 season with their defense. I would agree, however, there is a but. When the Titans faced quality starting quarterbacks, they didn’t fare too well. Can we expect that to change with Dean Pees leading the charge?
Since becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, the Ravens have had one of the most consistent defenses in the NFL. Since 2013, the Ravens have been top 10 in Defensive Efficiency every year but 2015 (via Football Outsiders). In the NFL this is not an easy feat. The past two years the Ravens have been 1st and 6th respectfully in takeaways per game. Last season the Ravens forced 34 turnovers, which was first in the NFL. For comparison sake, the Titans haven’t had a 30+ turnover season since 2008. In fact, the 21 forced turnovers last year was the most in a season since 2012.
With Dean Pees at the front, we have a couple things we can almost guarantee the fans. For one, Dean will field a consistent defense, one that does not waver too far away from what he does best. Second, he brings great experience. A two time super bowl champion coach, once as a linebacker coach for NE. The other coming as the Defensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
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What’s better than having a defensive coordinator who’s consistent and experienced? Well, one who inherits the type of talent that Pees is of course. Having an elite interior lineman will go a long way for Pees. Beyond that, you have a very young core defense with up and coming corner Adoree’ Jackson and the best fan in the NFL Kevin Byard. Super Bowl pedigree corners in Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler, I’d say Pees is pretty well set up for success.
It will be Pees first year at the helm of the defense, but that doesn’t stop me from expecting big things. I expect an increase in takeaways, in the range of 26 or 27 takeaways for the 2018 season. Pees knows what works, and he will be able to instill that in our defense. We should look forward to Pees preparing this secondary for the improved quarterback play we will see. We’ll from two teams at least. With DeShaun Watson looking great and Luck back in the midst of things, the divisional play will get much tougher. Preparing the secondary won’t be the only task at hand. With improved quarterback play will most likely come better-run games. This is where having Jurrell Casey will come in handy. Look for an all-around improvement from a Dean Pees led defense this season.
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