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The Titans defense has not been without good players. Guys like Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey and Jason McCourty are pretty dependable most of the time. However, despite all of them being good or even great players, none are the kind you can depend on to make plays.
Morgan and Casey in 2012 are great examples of this. Morgan was constantly in the offensive backfield, forcing quarterbacks to get rid of balls quickly and inaccurately. Casey ate up double-teams on a pretty regular basis and was a stout run defender.
Despite that, neither of them had a ton of sacks, or forced fumbles, or interceptions. The Titans had great players, but not the kind that could be great players and also make big defensive plays that take the wind out of offenses and make coordinators go out of their way to account for.
Zach Brown just might be that player. Against the Jets, he had a sack, a forced fumble, six solo tackles, one of them for a loss, and he harassed Geno Smith all day. And that's not an unusual stat line for him.
That kind of dominant player hasn't been on the Titans defense since Cortland Finnegan left the team in 2011, but the team may have finally found someone to fill that void.