Greg Williams has never been one to hold back. He’s an old school coach that always tells it like it is, be it calling out his struggling defense in the media, or firing relentless shots at opposing quarterbacks to test their mental toughness and durability. On Wednesday, he did the former, criticizing his Tennessee Titans players for their inability to plug holes and get off blocks in run defense.
“Some of those guys that are staying blocked are the ones who have trouble making teams, you know?” Williams said. “The guys that get off blocks are the ones making teams.”
The Senior Defensive Assistant wasn’t wrong in implying that some defenders are struggling to get off of blocks, thus ruining the team’s efforts in run defense. But can the Titans really afford to cut their entire front seven? I think not.
When quarterbacks are hit and hit hard frequently, they also break stuff frequently. Jake Locker has received a thorough education in that simple deductive reasoning after he missed five games this past season. He may not have been pummeled as much as other starters (sacked 25 times over 11 starts, and hit 66 times), but when the body blows came, they came in ninja flurries.
Sort of like this…
Of those 25 times Locker was brought down by an opposing defender during the 2012 season, 13 of them came over just two games at the hands of elite pass rushers who exposed an O-line which was something very far from elite. In Week 16, the Packers sacked Locker seven times, and three weeks prior to that the Texans nearly tied Green Bay’s mark with six.
Say, some offensive line help in this draft sounds like a good idea then, right? Well, maybe and probably, especially when we throw in the struggles of the running game, and how frequently Chris Johnson was hit behind the line of scrimmage. That led to far more ground ball outs for a running back whose game is predicated on chipping away, and then smacking a few home runs.
But while more O-line reinforcements will surely be targeted early, exactly how early is debatable after Andy Levitre was signed in the opening days of free agency. I debated that debatable point to start off our latest draft question and answer session with Justin Stewart from Titan Sized.
The Tennessee Titans have released quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, clearing the way for Jake Locker to take over the starting QB position. Hasselbeck signed a three-year deal worth $21 million with the Titans in 2011 and immediately took over as the team’s starting quarterback. He played all 16 games for the Titans that season, throwing for 3,571 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The former Pro Bowler was expected to help lead the Titans back to the playoffs with the emergence of Chris Johnson but the team could never amount to better than the 9-7 record Hasselbeck put up in his first season. He also was used to mentor Locker who will likely now take over as the team’s starter.
The Tennessee Titans have signed defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill to a three-year deal worth $11.4 million with $4 guaranteed. Hill was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is the first player to attend Stillman College to be drafted into the NFL.
Sammie Lee Hill has reached a 3-year deal with the #Titans. It’s 3 years, $11.4M. $4M guaranteed. Lot of potential here.
According to reports, the Tennessee Titans are expected to sign former Jets running back Shonn Greene today. Greene is expected to visit with the team this afternoon and a signing is expected to happen shortly after.
Indications are the #Titans plan to sign former #Jets RB Shonn Greene during his visit. I’m expecting this one to get done today as well
Greene has been the starting running back with the Jets since the 2011 season after backing up LaDanian Tomlinson in 2010. Last season, Greene started 14 of 16 games for the Jets and ran voer 1,063 yards and 8 touchdowns. It is expected that Greene will back up Chris Johnson and be a 3rd down & short yardage back for the Titans.
The Tennessee Titans have reached an agreement in principal with tight end Delanie Walker on a four-year deal. Walker has spent his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers after being drafted by them in the 6th round of the 2006 Draft. Walker signed a three-year extension with the team in 2008 worth $6 million.
Tians and 49ers TE Delanie Walker reached agreement in a principle on a four-year deal.
Last season, Walker had 21 receptions for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns in 16 games despite slotting in behind Vernon Davis on the 49ers depth chart. Walker has also returned kicks for the 49ers and has been called “The Swiss Army Knife” of the team for his versatility.