Making The Case For Titans Pro Bowlers
By Mike Edler
There is one game remaining and the Titans have the honor of playing in a game that means nothing, except for draft position. The Titans play the Texans in Nashville and then they will call it a season. On this Titans roller coaster ride of a season there have been a fair share of bright spots. No bright spot shined brighter than the breakout seasons from Jurrell Casey and Alterruan Verner. These two players were the cornerstone of a greatly improved Titans defense from 2012. They should represent the Titans in the Pro Bowl and if you needed any more convincing I am here to push your vote.
Casey is having himself a breakout season and is a top-three player at defensive tackle. Casey has more sacks than any other defensive tackle in the league with 11. If that isn’t impressive enough for you, the most Albert Haynesworth ever had in a single season with the Titans was 8.5. Casey has been a consistent force in the interior defensive line and and has ranked out as a top-five player consistently, according to the ever reliable Pro Football Focus. Casey suffers from the lack of national attention Tennessee receives, but is very deserving of the honor in the AFC.
Verner has been called “the best cornerback that no one is talking about,” by many NFL analysts around the league. Verner, like Casey, suffers from lack of national exposure. He will be a free agent this coming offseason and will demand a hefty contract, which he rightfully deserves. For this season, Verner has been a huge part of a Titans pass defense that ranks 10th in the league and only allowed two touchdown passes to wide receivers before Peyton Manning and company came to town. Verner is another Titan player who deserves to represent the AFC.
The case can be made for other players on the Titans to make the Pro Bowl, but these are the most likely representatives. The honor of being selected is much more elegant than the Pro Bowl itself but, after Sunday, it’s the only thing Titans fans have to look forward to.