Mike Edler

Gregg Williams Is The Titans' Defensive MVP

Created on Sept. 24, 2013 6:00 AM EST

If the Tennessee Titans are only one thing this season, they sure are exciting to watch.  Three weeks into the season they are 2-1 and one of the bigger surprises in the NFL.  Most of the surprise comes due to the fact that they aren’t the passing- finesse-featherweight, but rather a hard-hitting-heavyweight puncher.  The much improved defense has been the key to early success, and I think you have no one to praise but Gregg Williams.  

The Titans are 8th in total defense, have given up the 11th fewest points at 18.7 and have a turnover ratio of +5.  I have said it for a few weeks now, but I believe the difference maker is Gregg Williams. Since Williams has joined the staff, Jerry Gray’s defense has thrived in this new physical and nasty mentality.  The Titans have had a consistent sense of identity this season whether it has been in the pass rush or the secondary that have just been missing for the past few seasons.  Defensive captain Bernard Pollard and breakout star Jurrell Casey have had the most to gain from Williams system, but his reach can be seen in every player.  Alterraun Verner has developed into a great number two cornerback and former first round pick Derrick Morgan has finally showed the Titans what they saw when they drafted him.  Even the young talents Zach Brown and Akeem Ayers are making strides and are making this linebacker core one to be reckoned with.  

If one team was to give Williams a second chance after his bounty suspension, I am glad it was the Titans.  This team has lacked defensive identity since the Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse season, but they might have finally found it.  What's most impressive about this group is that even in a mediocre performance in Houston, they still managed to get to the quarterback and had a huge interception returned for a touchdown. This defense has made huge strides from being one of the leagues worst last season to being a formidable group that can hang with any offense. If you only take one thing away from this Titan team, it’s that even if you beat them, they will punish you and make you hurt, and you can bet that it's all because of Gregg Williams.

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