Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESS
End: Derrick Morgan, Kamerion Wimbley, Ropati Pitoitua, Lavar Edwards, Scott Solomon
Tackle: Jurrell Casey, Sammie Lee Hill, Mike Martin, Karl Klug,
The only change here is that sieve off a defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks is out and Sammie Lee Hill steps in. Hill hasn't had any experience as a starter since jumping to the NFL, playing in the Detroit Lions deep rotation.
The hope is that his added size and pass-rushing ability will prove to be a better complement to the run-stuffing Casey and collapse the pocket.
Coming into 2012, one of the main points of focus was improving on a lackluster pass rush. The Titans finished 2011 tied for 31st in sacks with 24. After this past season, their sack number jumped up to 39 giving the team a ninth-place ranking.
That stat may come as a surprise to many, because watching the Titans throughout the year, this team's defense did not seem like it was consistently putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
That's because they didn't. Twenty of the team's sacks came during the month of December when the unit was playing its best football of the year.
The approach taken to help improve the unit has been to add more size and depth. Every addition to the unit has size as one of their main traits. Expect a more physical defensive front from the Titans defensive front.