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Titans ranked in middle of the pack in PFF's secondary rankings

Titans Wire logo Titans Wire 1/19/2021 Crissy Froyd
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The Tennessee Titans made their second straight trip to the playoffs in 2020 after winning double-digit games and securing a division title for the first time since 2008.

The Titans consistently found their rhythm on offense this year, but the defense was a different story, often yo-yoing from decent to bad, and the secondary played a large part in that inconsistency.

However, Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash was perhaps a bit nicer to the Titans’ secondary than he should have been in his rankings, placing Tennessee’s group at No. 16 in the NFL.

Here’s a look at what Treash had to say about the team’s placement there:

“Tennessee’s pass coverage was truly boom-or-bust this season. The unit didn’t allow explosive plays often, but the few that slipped through the cracks were big,” he wrote. “The Titans surrendered the seventh-lowest explosive pass play rate (13%), but at the same time allowed the second-most deep completions over 20 yards downfield (35).

This group ranked fifth-to-last in expected points added per pass allowed but still rings in here at the halfway mark when it comes to grade. Tennessee was just one of five teams in the league this year to have one or fewer defensive backs to play 200 coverage snaps and produce a poor coverage grade below 60.0.”

It’s clear the Titans have all the players they need on offense and a plan that works effectively enough to stay postseason contenders.

The question is, can Tennessee do a better job building a defense in 2021 to complement its elite offense?


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