When the Tennessee Titans finished the 2012 NFL season with the worst pass defense in the league, you had to think that changes were around the bend. After giving up 29.4 points a game last year, the Titans hit the free agent market hard in search for play-makers in the secondary. While the team already has Michael Griffin at safety, they still lack talent on the outside.
First and foremost, the Titans’ defense will be under new leadership this year as last year’s defensive coordinator Jerry Gray hit the road to make room for the infamous Gregg Williams. The Bounty Scandal all but tarnished Williams’ name in New Orleans, however he has an opportunity to save face with an underachieving Tennessee team in 2013.
Now, the Titans did not have the cap space to make a huge signing on the defensive side of the ball, so they opted for a collection of players to reinforce the team’s depth. George Wilson is an ex-Buffalo Bill and he is going to give the Titans an added boost at safety–Tennessee yielded 31 passing touchdowns last year. Wilson snagged four interceptions in 2011, but went without a pick in 2012.
Bernard Pollard was the big get for the Titans as the hard-hitting safety wore out his welcome with the Baltimore Ravens and is now going to be dealing out viscous hits for his fourth NFL club. Although Pollard is often deemed a trouble maker in the locker room, he led the Super Bowl Champions’ secondary with 98 tackles last year.
These signings may seem like a simple stop gap for a team that has no business competing in the AFC South, but let’s give Williams’ the benefit of the doubt in his first year as a “changed man.”