Mike Herndon: Are We Collectively Overrating The Titans' Defense?

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Much of the narrative surrounding the Tennessee Titans this offseason has been that a championship-level defense was wasted by a horrific offense last season and that an improvement from bottom-five to the middle of the pack in scoring would be enough to put this team into the playoffs.

Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Teair Tart (93) and Tennessee Titans defensive end Denico Autry (96) walk off the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
Teair Tart and Denico Autry/ © Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

There is no doubt that Tennessee’s defense was overworked and under-rewarded in 2022 as the offense consistently failed to put up points, but there also aren’t a ton of metrics to support “championship-level defense” claims either.

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