The Titans were 19th in the league last year in total defense (yards per game). By comparison Seattle was #17. It only takes a few players on both sides of the ball to make a darn good improvement. Interestingly we were had the 9th worse TOP in the NFL so if we can control the clock better that automatically will help the defense significantly. Note however, Pitt had the 8th worse TOP. Guess what our 3rd down conversion rate was against us last year? 35.5 which was 7th in the league. Bottom line we just need to tweek a few things on defense and have improvment at a few postions and we are good enough to be a playoff team. Looking at the offense we had a lower 3rd down %, 34.4% than our defense which isn't very good. Pitt was only 35.4 on offense and tehy won the SB.