Ken Whisenhunt wants more from Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown

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    Linebackers Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown have been regulars in the starting lineup for the Titans over the last few years, but there’s a new coach in charge of the team and Ken Whisenhunt is making sure that both players know the new regime needs to see more from them if they are going to continue in those roles.

    Ayers struggled with problems in both knees last season, leading to diminished production on the field and a pair of surgeries this offseason. Whisenhunt said that the surgeries wouldn’t be an excuse for anything but Ayers’ best play because “guys do that all the time” and the coach said he wants to see Ayers translate his athleticism into productivity more consistently this season.

    Whisenhunt is making a similar demand of Brown, whose speed helped him go in the second round of the 2012 draft. The coach says Brown looks fast, but that he doesn’t play that way and that needs to change.

    “He looks fast on the field, but playing fast is something you have to do in this league,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s what he has to transition into. He didn’t play fast at times last year, and he’s getting pressure to do better with that this year.”

    The Titans signed Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips away from Denver as free agents, drafted Avery Williamson and added linebacker duties to the portfolios of Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley, increasing the competition for snaps at the position a great deal. If those moves didn’t send the message that Ayers and Brown need to do more to keep their jobs, Whisenhunt made it pretty explicit.



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  2. The Hammer

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    Going to be interesting to see these guys this year
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  3. TitansWillWin2

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    “He looks fast on the field, but playing fast is something you have to do in this league,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s what he has to transition into. He didn’t play fast at times last year, and he’s getting pressure to do better with that this year.”

    This makes no sense really lol.
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  4. Titan43

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    how not? ... He is just saying his speed doesn't translate to the games.
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    Then say it that way. Don't say he looks fast on the field and then say he isn't fast. See what I mean.
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    I think he's saying he's a fast runner, but takes a bit to recognize plays so it slows down his game speed.
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  7. NotUpInHere

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    I'm also excited to see them in these new roles. I think Ayers has the best chance to succeed out of the two. On another note, if Brown can get better at shedding blocks his speed could cause havoc.
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    You got it.

    Brown needs to let the game come to him, he's blazing fast, only problem is that if you run to the wrong area, youre not making many plays.
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    My biggest issue evaluating Brown is what is he being asked to do? Is he playing the pass first? Because typically you stop the run on the way to the QB, but he may have not been asked to do that, thus makes him look bad to us on film. Remember he did have to deal with Jerry Gray's react defense.
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  10. Titan43

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    True ... For all we know he played in Jerry Gray's defense flawlessly, but Jerry's D was just so retarded that it didn't matter.
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