Gray: Switches made for run defense

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by Titans Insider, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Titans Insider

    Titans Insider Titans News

    Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said that moving two of the team’s recent draft picks – Karl Klug and Scott Solomon — to new positions this year was done with the intent of bettering the Titans’ run defense.

    The 6-3, 275-pound Klug posted 10.5 sacks in his first two seasons at defensive tackle, but as a comparatively light tackle, he’s been moved to end.

    “Klug had played base (defensive) end at Iowa, so we’re kind of getting to where we can stop the run with big guys,” Gray said. “We’ve got Ropati (Pitoitua), we’ve got Klug, we’ve got (Sammie) Hill, we’ve got (Jurrell Casey) in there.

    “Then sometimes you’ll see three D-linemen and Casey won’t be in there. So we may have three big guys that are 6-5 or taller, and heavier. So don’t panic when you see that. It doesn’t mean we’re not trying to get after the passer. We’re just trying to stop the run.”

    The 6-3, 262-pound Solomon played sporadically as a rookie defensive end last year and might get more opportunity as a strong side linebacker.

    “I think it’s fair for us to see if we can get more out of him,” Gray said. “I like his athletic ability. He’s done a great job at defensive end, but can you play ‘backer? Can you play (strong side linebacker)?

    “Or what about if we’ve got (Akeem) Ayers on one side and Solomon on another? Are you strong enough to hold the edge? I think he’s done that as a defensive end, so can you do it standing up? Now we become a whole lot better because you can’t run to one side.”

    Share on Facebook

    Posted In: Team News

    Source: Titans Insider
  2. Brew City

    Brew City Case Race Champion Tip Jar Donor

    Sounds like this offseason is going swimmingly. Coaches are doing everything they can to make the team better.
  3. Finnebosch

    Finnebosch I am vengeance.


    Actually the more I hear the more it sounds like throwing crap against to wall to see if stuff sticks
    LANGSTER and TitansWillWin2 high five this.
  4. Brew City

    Brew City Case Race Champion Tip Jar Donor

    If that ends up working out I don't even mind.
    GoT high fives this.
  5. Ensconatus

    Ensconatus #ShoutboxAlley4Life

    While this is exactly what they are doing, it is at least a sort of change lol
    TitansWillWin2 high fives this.
  6. The Hammer

    The Hammer Leper Messiah

    Jerry Gray is just Greg Williams' spokesperson.
    LANGSTER high fives this.

    JCBRAVE Enjoy it while it lasts Tip Jar Donor

    Shh, dont tell Jerry that, he might try doing something on his own again, and you know how that ends, 471 points is baaaad.
    LANGSTER and The Hammer high five this.