PFF With More Love For Titans Rookie DTs Karl Klug and Jurrell Casey

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 13: Jurrell Casey #99 of the Tennessee Titans recovers a fumble by the Minnesota Vikings during a preseason exhibition game at LP Field on August 13, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

It seems like each week in the re-focused post over at Pro Football Focus they have good things to say about the Titans rookie defensive tackles. This week is no exception:

Poor Seth Olsen (-3.5). The Colts RG only lasted 25 snaps before his coaches decided he’d had enough, but they really had no choice once it became clear that he was absolutely no match for Karl Klug (+4.9), who went to work on him, picking up a sack, hit and pressure. His sack at 10:22 in the second was particularly brutal to watch with Klug treating Olsen with utter contempt as he swept pass him. In fairness to Olsen, he wasn’t alone in getting the Klug treatment, with Jamey Richard getting beat instantly by the DT with 3:32 to go in the game as the 5th round pick finished the day with a sack, hit, three pressures and a batted pass. That would normally make you the star DT on your team, but he’ll be sharing those honors with Jurrell Casey (+3.2) with both men trying to work their way into my race for rookie of the year. Casey had four defensive stops, going to work on Quinn Ojinnaka and Mike Tepper and not losing a one on one battle at the point of attack all game.

It seems like the Titans have a lot of holes on defense, but defensive tackle is not one of them.  

Now if they could only get the defensive ends to play like expected before the year started they would be in business.  Through seven games the Jason Jones move to end looks like a failure.  He only has two sacks.

Derrick Morgan has also been a disappointment.  He only has two sacks as well.

Those guys are going to have to step up and get some pressure on quarterbacks or it is going to be a long season.

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