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The Tennessee Titans have been bad defensively. There is no way around that. Last season, they were one of the toughest defenses to move. This season, it seems like they are have been pushed around consistently. After losing three of their last four games, there has to be some solutions found. While there will be many players and coaches searching for answers within the walls of the team’s facility, there is one solution that could help them outside the current organizational structure.
This offseason, Titans’ defensive coordinator Dean Pees decided he was ready to call it a career and retired from the NFL. Instead of replacing him, Titans’ Head Coach Mike Vrabel decided to get more involved with the defense. With Vrabel and the additions of pass-rushers Vic Beasley Jr. and Jadeveon Clowney, the Titans’ defense was expected to be even better. Unfortunately, that has not been the case and the one common denominator is Pees.
The talented defensive coordinator had less pieces than this current team and they are arguably more talented in the front seven than they were last season. However, it seems like Vrabel does not know how to use these pieces to his advantage. With things not going right on that side of the football, the best decision would be to reach out to Pees.
At this point, it would not be the best decision to bring him in as a defensive coordinator and the Titans may not want to do that as an organization. However, they could bring him in as a consultant for the rest of the season. He has a wealth of knowledge and he is a guy that Vrabel respects. What Pees did so well is the way he studied the opponents week by week and made specific game plans around their weaknesses. It seems that Vrabel is determined to do things his way despite the opponent and does not exploit those vulnerabilities.
The biggest thing in this whole situation is Vrabel has to admit that he needs help here. It obviously is not working out for him as the main figure on the defense and Pees obviously meant more than some want to give him credit for. Whether he wants to be virtual as a consultant or come into the building, his expertise is needed and needed fast. He would be able to help the Titans’ defense get better than they are currently for sure, especially with better pieces than he had last season to deal with in his front seven.