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Bigger comeback: Chance Warmack or Jason McCourty

Who makes a bigger impact?

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The Tennessee Titans get two stalwarts of their team back this week: Chance Warmack and Jason McCourty. One is a key to protecting Marcus Mariota up front, the other is crucial in allowing Dick LeBeau to blitz without fear of getting burned.

So, which one will help the team most now that they are back? Let's look.

Chance Warmack

While Warmack wasn't just blowing everyone away with his play early this season (51st overall guard according to PFF) you have to look at what he was doing that no one saw. When he was in the lineup, you could easily run to the right side of the line if you wanted to, however against the Indianapolis Colts the Titans didn't have a lot of success.

Some of that was the backup being in there without much chemistry being built, but I think another key part was Jeremiah Poutasi not having a veteran leader next to him to help him call out the assignments. It is easy when you have someone next to you that you have been working with all offseason, but if you put in someone for four days you really don't have that innate feel.

So not only will Chance Warmack help the right guard spot, he will probably increase the play at center, right tackle and will help with the running game.

He can also do things like this:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Warmack with the nice finish (Vine by <a href="">@OLineScout</a>) <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Jeff Lawley (@valpofire) <a href="">September 6, 2015</a></blockquote>
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And if you don't believe he is helping Schwenke watch this against Danny Shelton.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Schwenke and Warmack man-handling Shelton here <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; OL Watchdog (@OLineScout) <a href="">September 21, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Jason McCourty

No matter what you say, you can't argue that when McCourty has a good defensive coordinator he is outstanding. Aggressive blitzes and smart coverage calls help him live up to his potential, and you don't have to look any farther than two years ago when the Tennessee Titans had Gregg Williams captaining the defense. That year McCourty was the 11th best cornerback, and he is only that low because he was never thrown at.

Now take that defense, make it smarter, and add in Brian Orakpo who has been an absolute force. Now you have pressure coming from both edges and the inside and you are getting your top corner back. That is going to make a huge difference.

This team is four fluke bomb plays away from being 3-0, and last week it was just unfortunate because you have a player like Blidi Wreh-Wilson who was in perfect position all day and he missed one big pass and now he is stuck on a highlight reel. Well now, you have Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox (who has been great), Coty Sensabaugh as a slot corner, and BWW as a backup outside corner all on the back end of the defense.

I don't want to overstate it, but this week should have been all about how best to exploit the fact that the Buffalo Bills have not seen McCourty this year and how best to bait Tyrod Taylor into throwing it to his side.

All in all I think with the defensive front the Titans have to face this week, Chance Warmack makes the biggest difference immediately, but for the season I think McCourty should be a huge impact player for this defense.