Well, this is interesting. Titans inside linebacker coach Jim Haslett suggested earlier today (Nov. 17th) that Rashaan Evans may see more playing time on the edge going forward:
Jim Haslett says Rashaan Evans will be more involved in pass rush moving forward, and was more involved vs. Colts than at any previous point.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) November 17, 2020
This makes sense for a number of reasons. First of all, the pass rush has been abysmal. Harold Landry leads the team with 2.5 sacks through 9 games. Jadeveon Clowney has made an impact, but he’s yet to record his first sack as a Titan. That’s a disappointing fact no matter how you slice it. Remember Vic Beasley? Neither do I. The bottom line is that the Titans paid a lot of money for sack production that they envisioned, but have come nowhere near actually receiving.
The Titans have gone into almost every game this season with just three pass rushers. Those are some thin numbers. With Beasley no longer in the picture, Derick Roberson has now figured into the rotation. Roberson is a young pass rusher with intriguing traits, but the problems run too deep to rely on someone like him to fix this unit. With just three rushers, Landry has played 90% or more of snaps in almost every game this season. Perhaps he would be more effective if he got a chance to catch his breath every now and then.
Enter Evans into the picture. You may recall that Evans was a bit of a dual-threat linebacker at Alabama. Although he was also primarily utilized there as the inside linebacker he is today, he played a ton of snaps on the edge as well. It was a big part of his pre-draft evaluation.
Another thing: Evans has been pretty bad at inside linebacker this season. I highly recommend that you follow @Super_Horn on Twitter for some damning clips. He’s just not playing at the level we’ve seen him play at in the past. The idea of getting Evans out on the edge more with someone like David Long Jr. filling the vacancy at inside linebacker is an intriguing thought.
Make no mistake. It’s a desperate thought and measure, but the coaching staff should be thinking outside the box as they try to fix this defense.
Can more Evans on the edge be the answer to this team’s problems at both linebacker positions? Drop your thoughts in the comments.