Am I the only one who doesn’t really care what the Titans have at nose tackle? I remember a bunch of people really wanting the Titans to spend big money to bring Dontari Poe to town. Sure, Poe is a great player, but do you really want to spend that much money on a guy that is on the field for less than half of the defensive snaps? I don’t.
Now I am not saying that you should completely ignore the position, and I don’t think the Titans have. They signed Sylvester Williams. He hasn’t been great in his young career, but this group sees something they like in him. I am inclined to trust Jon Robinson and Dick LeBeau.
So anyway, all of that to say that Pro Football Focus posted an article yesterday talking about the biggest remaining need for each AFC team. They said the biggest need for the Titans is nose tackle. Here are their comments:
Titans GM Jon Robinson has done a marvelous job putting together a roster that is poised for playoff contention in 2017. While inside linebacker could be improved as could their tight end depth, the weakest position heading into the season is nose tackle. It’s not the worst thing in the world to have a player that will see typically just 40 percent of the team’s defensive snaps as a team weakness, but having a run-stuffing NT helps the team beyond the plays he’s on the field (see Damon Harrison’s impact for the Giants). Sylvester Williams is slated to start and has a reputation because of playing on a generationally great Denver Broncos defense, but his play didn’t elevate the players around him; it was the players around him that made him perform better.
I don’t disagree with the fact that an upgrade at nose tackle wouldn’t hurt, but I am way more concerned about the depth at corner.