After a 6-10 season in 2013, the Tennessee Titans have now missed the playoffs each of the last four seasons. Last year can be chalked up to an awful showing on both sides of the ball as the offense ranked 26th in the NFL, and the defense was lacking as well, ranking just 27th out of 32 teams.
Although the team missed out on top-notch free agent Mario Williams in the 2012 off-season, they still made quite the splash when they signed former Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. The Titans didn’t give Wimbley the kind of money that Wiliams was looking for, but the two agreed on a five-year $35 million contract with $13.5 million in guaranteed money.
Wimbley ran a 3-4 during his tenure with the Raiders and Cleveland Browns, and racked up 42.5 sacks over a six-year period. In 2013, Wimbley played defensive end for the first time in his career, where he totaled six sacks and a measly 30 tackles in 16 games. At 30-years old, it may be tough for Wimbley to make the transition to end, but he signed up for it prior to the 2012 season so he must see something that we don’t.
In an AFC South that is getting more competitive each season, the Titans must focus on a pass rush that was ineffective last year. Wimbley’s six sacks contributed to team’s 39, which ranked them ninth amongst NFL clubs in 2012.
With Greg Williams now the Titans defensive coordinator, hopefully Wimbley can regain some of the magic from his rookie season, when he raked in 11 sacks for the Browns.