Ahmad Hall Is a Leader, but Should the Titans Upgrade to Vontae Leach?

Chase SummersCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 30: Ahmad Hall #45 of the Tennessee Titans after a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 30, 2007 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Packers 30-14. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Last year, a huge problem for the Tennessee Titans was leadership. Keith Bulluck and Kyle Vanden Bosch were gone and no one really embraced the role, except Ahmad Hall. The only problem is Hall did not have a great season. He struggled at run blocking and does not make up for it with his rushing or catching skills.

There seem to be better options out there than Hall. Vontae Leach, who dominated for the Houston Texans last year, is a free agent and letting Hall go to snag Leach seems tempting.

Yet if they let him go, how much will the loss of the offensive leader hurt the team? In my opinion, it will probably hurt a bit, but upgrading the skill at the fullback position will pay huge dividends.

The fact that the Titans would now have a dominating blocker helping the interior line that struggled last year would be huge.

Yes, the Titans could gamble that last year was a fluke and that Hall will bounce back, but it's not worth the risk. Hall has never been truly dominant. He has been very good at times, but never has he been someone defenders have been worried about.

With all the benefits of going after Leach, why would you keep Hall?

Hall's leadership can be passed on. Michael Roos, David Stewart, and Nate Washington are all solid veterans who can take on this role and thrive.

Another option is Jake Locker, who may take a year or two to step into the leadership role, yet seems to have everything you want in a leader.

All this is purely speculation as the Texans may re-sign Leach quickly and not give the Titans a chance at all, but if the Titans can lure Leach away with a nice, not too expensive contract, they should go for it.