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There could be a couple of changes to the linebacker corps this coming week. One that could help, and one that could really, really hurt.
Bad news first: Colin McCarthy is, right now, listed as questionable for the game against the Chargers. He's essentially the quarterback of the front seven, and not having him there affects the entire group.
On a much more basic level, he's a great player, and you want him to be on the field as much as possible to make plays for the defense.
The change that I think would help would be finally putting in Zach Brown over Will Witherspoon. I've been saying for most of the offseason that Brown should start, and I'm not the only one.
Brown had three tackles and a tackle for loss in his limited time against the Patriots. Witherspoon had the same number of tackles, but none for loss in his time on the field.
Since Brown is the eventual starter anyway, the Titans staff may as well just start him now.
After the game against the Patriots, I expect that that will be the case, and Brown will spend most of the night covering Antonio Gates.
Akeem Ayers was as good as usual against the Pats, sealing the edge with 11 total tackles and a tackle for loss. He still hasn't shown much in the way of the pass rush though, and I'd like to see more of that from him.