Finishing the 2008 season, the Titans defense came a near overall second in the league in touchdowns allowed, seventh in overall yards, sixth in rushing yards, ninth in passing yards, fifth in sacks, and sixth in interceptions.
Despite losing pro-bowler and powerhouse Albert Haynesworth, the Titans defense still have all the more reason to return a better defense than last season. While Haynesworth was hurt in the 2008 season, his backup, now projected starter Tony Brown, proved he was more than competent, racking up a monster game while in against Pittsburgh.
Returning veteran defensive ends Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch have been known as some of the best in the league. On the other side at defensive tackle, Jovan Haye will no doubt spark the line after two solid seasons in Tampa Bay, this will be his first in Tennessee.
On the next level at linebacker, the heart of this core is no doubt veteran Keith Bulluck. He has loads of experience, spending all ten of his years in the NFL on the Titans, and has never stopped being a consistent backer. In the middle, Steven Tulloch has also been a consistent and hard-hitting backer in his four years with the Titans.
Also possibly in the middle, All-Conference rookie from Southern Miss, Gerald McRath could turn out to be an outstanding NFL backer. David Thorton has been an amazing linebacker, racking up an impressive 122 tackles in 2007, and an average of 103 tackles a season in Tennessee.
In the secondary, Cortland Finnegan has proved himself as one of the best corners in the league, being voted into the Pro-Bowl last season and being feared by some of the best receivers.
Rookie and 4th overall pick for the Titans, Ryan Mouton, is a speedy corner with really good size and ball skills and could turn out being a starter for Tennessee. Overall experience is really what shines in Tennessee's relentless defense. For the starters, the average amount of time in the league is seven years.