Tennessee Titans Defense: a collection of no name sleepers?

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The phrase “no-name ____” gets thrown around a lot in the NFL. And for the Tennessee Titans, that is exactly what they’ll go to war with this fall on one side of the ball; the no name defense.

“It’s funny because I spent some time in California in the off season and if you talk to anybody who’s not from Tennessee, they can’t tell me two names on our defense, we’re virtually the no name defense,” said Titans Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil told me during out exclusive chat.

“So they’re unknown commodities at the defensive end position, Jacob Ford, Williams Hayes- unknown guys from unknown places that are second, third year players. You got Sen’Derrick Marks, a second year player from LSU you have no idea who he is, you got Jason Jones, no one knows who he is, and yet they all have the potential to be very dynamic players individually. Not to mention as a group,” said Cecil.

By Paul M. Banks

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Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil has something to prove this Fall

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During his playing days in the NFL, current Tennesse Titans Defensive Coordinator Chuck Cecil was regarded as one of the most vicious hitters in National Football League history. The October 11, 1993 issue of Sports Illustrated featured his picture and the question: “Is Chuck Cecil Too Vicious for the NFL?” on the cover.

During his days with the Green Bay Packers, Cecil earned the nickname “Scud” because of his hit-or-miss approach to tackling opponents. He often left his feet and led with his helmet, and much like the infamous missiles launched during the Gulf War – would occasionally miss completely or arrive late. However, whenever he made direct contact, devastation and human carnage were the result.

The hit-or-miss adjective could very well apply to the defensive unit Cecil leads today in Nashville. When Cecil was promoted from DBs Coach to Defensive Coordinator in the ’09 offseason, the Titans picked him over a few other, more experienced candidates, and the results weren’t pretty. Obviously criticism of Tennessee’s decision then arose.

By Paul M. Banks

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