A little known statistic could shine a bright light on the issues that the Titans defense faced last season.
Of all the defensive numbers compiled last season, the Titans finished a sixteenth in missed tackles in 2014 with 116 for the year.
That number, while middle of the road surprisingly places the Titans in a tie with New England and Washington in that category. Not bad company considering the Patriots won the Super Bowl with the same number.
So exactly what does this tell us about the Titans defense?
Their tackling was good enough when players made contact, but far too often they were dominated at the point of attack and blocked out of the play, allowing opponents offenses to run, or pass the football almost at will.
Perhaps some of the blame for these issues can be blamed on the system switch from the longtime 4-3 to the new 3-4 that head coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Ray Horton brought last season.
Perhaps the defensive talent on this team was not good.
The additions of Brian Orakpo, Perrish Cox and Da”Norris Searcy along with the return of Zach Brown from injury all should have a positive effect on the team’s fortunes in 2015. The Titans must hope so as they look to improve this year.