Titans' Pass Defense Still a Disaster
Last year, the Titans allowed two 300-yard passers all season. This year, rookie Mark Sanchez is the only quarterback in the first five games who hasn't thrown for 300 yards. The Titans are now 31st in the league in passing yards allowed per game, something that is extremely uncharacteristic for a Jeff Fisher coached team.
It's easy, and somewhat fair, to blame part of the problem on losing defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Without the league's baddest defensive tackle soaking up double teams, the Titans defensive ends have struggled to generate a pass rush (the Titans were fifth in the NFL in sacks last year and are tied for 19th this year).
But when Haynesworth was out last year, Tennessee didn't have the problems they are having this year. The biggest problem this year has been the secondary. Last year Tennessee's back four was one of the better groups in the league--three members of the Titans secondary made it to the Pro Bowl. This year safety Michael Griffin seems to have taken a big step backwards while Tennessee has struggled to get consistent cornerback play.
eff Fisher has been adamant that new defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil isn't the problem, but at this point it's hard to believe that. With the exception of the loss of Haynesworth, this is largely the same group of players that were one of the best defenses in the league last year. Now, they're one of the worst, and now they have 11 games to figure out how to fix that. If not, it's hard to see how Cecil's not a one-year coordinator.