Derrick Morgan will begin OTAs doing something he's never done during his four-year tenure with the Tennessee Titans...play in a two-point stance.
The Titans drafted Morgan in 2010 in hopes of him developing into an elite pass-rushing threat. Those hopes were halted early on after Morgan suffered a torn ACL during his rookie campaign.
He has since righted the ship and developed into a quality defensive end, but not one that opposing offenses build their game plans around.
With the transition to Horton's 3-4 defense, Morgan is forced to play a position he has no experience playing and, in my opinion, lacks the skills and athleticism to perform well in.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com wrote an article recently listing the top 10 trades he believes should happen before the regular season starts.
The Titans are heavily featured in the article, being mentioned in four separate trade scenarios. One of the those scenarios includes the Titans parting ways with Morgan:
A prototypical 4-3 defensive end, Morgan is stuck in no man's land in Ray Horton's 3-4 defense. The 2010 first-round pick is penciled in at outside linebacker, a position he's never played before. The Titans have gone on to sign Shaun Phillips and restructure Kamerion Wimbley's contract, leaving Morgan's status up in the air. Much like [Brandon] Graham, he could be a bargain acquisition for a team with a 4-3 scheme. He went to college in Atlanta, and the Falcons just happen to need a pass rusher.
While the entire article appears to be conjecture, it is still a valid point. How well Morgan performs in his new role could cause major issues for the Titans in Whisenhunt's first year with the franchise.
The Titans did not bring in any youth to their outside linebacker position via the draft and are left with a questionable group at the position.
Shaun Phillips and Kamerion Wimbley serve as the two experienced talents at the position, but they are aging talents. Akeem Ayers has had a lackluster career to date, but the team is hoping the scheme change will benefit the young linebacker.
I'm of the opinion that Morgan is not suited for Horton's defense and will struggle with the transition to linebacker, missing out on a starting role.