As Albert Haynesworth walks into the sunset as a Tennessee Titan, many say there will be a huge void to fill on the defensive line. Not only will the AFC South champions fill that void but they will plug the hole against offenses across the NFL in 2009.
Coming into his third year as a Titan, Tony Brown is set to dominate the Titans' defensive line and have fans saying, "Albert who?"
Brown's first two years with the team have him right in step with Haynesworth's performance, getting four sacks of his own each year. That, in fact, overshadows Haynesworth's first two seasons of 1 and 2.5 sacks respectively.
The Titans planned ahead well in preparing for Albert's exodus in getting Brown into position quickly as the backup for the last two seasons, and also in the drafting of Jason Jones last year, and Jovan Haye and Sen'Derrick Marks this season.
Fans can expect to see a leaner, faster, more agile, and hungry defensive line group with plenty of depth and "Titanic" explosiveness that will find many quarterbacks hurried, or sacked keeping with the tradition of strong and dominating defensive victories.
Haynesworth may have gotten Tennessee noticed when it came to defense, but expect Brown and the new elite to get respect to not only the Titans, but the AFC South.