There are definitely more than a few questions surrounding the Tennessee Titans this season.
Can Chris Johnson repeat a 2,000 yard season? Will Vince Young be a consistent leader at QB? Who, if anyone, will step up as the go-to receiver?
While all of those questions are valid, my biggest concern as of right now has to do with the defense.
Let's start with a little backstory.
In 2008, under defensive coordinator, now Lions Head Coach, Jim Schwartz, the Titans had a top 10 defense sending three of four defensive backs to the Pro Bowl.
In 2009, things turned upside down when Chuck Cecil took over as defensive coordinator.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't entirely Cecil's fault.
Tennessee's defense was plagued with injuries throughout the season, and nearly every defensive starter was out as one point or another.
Not to mention this guy named Albert Haynesworth wasn't there any more either.
But alas, in the NFL there is no room for excuses. However, there is always room for improvement. And boy, do the Titans need to improve from last season.
So, all that being said, my biggest question for the Tennessee Titans is: How can they improve their defense from last season?
First and foremost, they need healthy players.
A season filled with injuries like last season is bound for a similarly unimpressive result.
Sure, towards the end of the season the defense showed signs of improvement. They were finally starting to get Chuck Cecil's defense down. And because of injuries to the starters, a lot of reserves were given playing time, creating the upside of having better depth.
As it is right now, Tennessee definitely looks to create and use even more depth on defense, at least in the secondary, by drafting Myron Rolle and signing Tye Hill.
With these additions and a few other changes, the Tennessee Titans have undergone some very big changes on defense over the last two seasons.
Losing Albert Haynesworth was undoubtedly a huge blow to the front line.
Add Keith Bulluck and Kyle Vanden Bosch—who have been anchors for this Tennessee defense—to the list of lost players, and you would think bouncing back from that could be difficult.
And while I am sure it will be difficult, I am also confident that the additions of rookie defensive end Derrick Morgan and veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon will be up to the challenge this season.
At least they should be, as long as things continue where they left off last season with Chuck Cecil's defensive scheme.
Which brings up our last concern.
I remember watching Tennessee's secondary last year and literally feeling sorry for how badly they got burned.
What a shame too, when just a year earlier, it seemed like Cortland Finnegan or Michael Griffin was getting an interception every other game.
So, in came the skeptics and doubters of Chuck Cecil—myself included.
But I admit, towards the end of the season we saw a glimpse of improvement and a spark close to being lit in the defense.
If Chuck Cecil can teach the new guys his scheme, the veterans should already be used to it. Thus theoretically, the defense should be much better than last season.
So while we all wonder if Chris Johnson will repeat his record breaking year, or if Vince Young will step up as the permanent leader of the team, I ask an even bigger question.
How can Tennessee's defense improve from last season?
I mean, if the Titans hope to make it to Dallas for the Super Bowl this season, some big improvements will need to be made on defense.
After all, defense wins championships, right?