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Tennessee Titans defense needs more turnovers

Tennessee Titans defense needs more turnovers

Tennessee Titans defense needs more turnovers

The Tennessee Titans’ defense is in flux after many changes that occurred during the offseason, but adding Dennard Wilson as the team’s defensive coordinator should help.

“This is a fun hire. Wilson served as the Ravens’ defensive backs coach in 2023. He comes to a Titans team that had just 14 takeaways in 2023 — the only team that was worse was Carolina. And that, my friends, is not a list you want to be a part of,” writes NFL.com contributor Adam Rank. “Tennessee brought in some talent, including cornerbacks L’Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie. And because I don’t want to be too pessimistic, here’s a fun fact: Wilson began his NFL coaching career in 2012 with the St. Louis Rams, who were led by former Titans coach Jeff Fisher.”

Hopefully, the Titans should be able to address that concern with Wilson leading the defense. Sneed had three fumble recoveries last season with the Chiefs, while Awuzie forced and recovered a fumble, so there’s potential for those players to be part of the solution. However, a lot of the turnovers will come because of the philosophy change the Titans are looking to implement.

Wilson is expected to tweak the defense in a similar way the Ravens did, and that should help the Titans immensely. The Ravens led the NFL in takeaways last season with 31, so if there is a concerted emphasis on taking the ball away from the other team, it should lead to more turnovers.

The Titans will have to deal with the losses of Azeez Al-Shaair and Denico Autry, two of the defense’s top tacklers from last year. It will likely take a committee to help replace the performance those two had, but with the effort of linebacker Jack Gibbens and rookie defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat, the Titans have young players looking to lead the charge in that department.

Turnovers don’t always translate into success, as only six of the top 11 teams in the statistics made the playoffs last season, but they certainly go a long way in winning football games.

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