It isn't news right now to say that the Tennessee Titans have a problem at 3-4 OLB depth right now, with Deiontrez Mount heading to I.R. Well, that issue isn't going to get any better with this news:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/Titans">@Titans</a> have added LB Justin Staples to the active roster from the practice squad. LB Deiontrez Mount was placed on injured reserve.</p>— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/jwyattsports/status/655473385854627841">October 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Justin Staples played alright in the preseason, but he was an inside linebacker only and really doesn't help fill that void for the Tennessee Titans. I think there are two ways that the Titans patch this up in the short term, and one way they fix it long term.
The first way I think you fix this (and the less creative of the two) is that you have to play David Bass much more on defense rather than just as a special teams player. While this seems like a bad fix, consider that Bass was one of the best edge players in the league in the preseason and ended up with a +4.3 overall rating grading out as a positive pass rusher and run stopper. This allows Staples to take his spot on special teams.
The second way I think you fix it is try putting Zach Brown out on the edge. While this isn't a natural fit, he has always been better blitzing than he has flat footed. So putting him on the weak side of the defense and letting him get a clear rush in the backfield could end up with a good sack opportunity or help on the backside of runs. Staples then takes his spot as the rotational middle linebacker on certain downs.
I know no one is in love with the idea of bringing him back because they will say he is over the hill, but Jason Babin is a really good option. Last year Babin was one of the highest rated 3-4 edge rushers in the NFL last year and he is used to playing in an attacking defense (last year he was with the Jets).
Babin has only played 30 snaps this year and was released by the Baltimore Ravens because of two stupid penalties. However, of all the options out there he is by far the most proven and the one who has had the most recent success. He knows how to play in this defense and it gets him in space, where he thrives. Why not bring him back to the place where he rebuilt his career?