The Titans put forth their best performance of the season before the bye week, thrashing the Dolphins 37-3.
At the forefront of the dominant showing was Tennessee’s young LB corps, with all three starters — SLB Akeem Ayers, MLB Colin McCarthy and WLB Zach Brown — picking off Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill.
The continued development of this group in the final six weeks will be one of the most interesting stories to monitor, we hear. While Tennessee clearly needs pass-rush and safety reinforcements after the season, it thinks its second-level defenders can be a strength to build around.
The newest addition to the group, Brown, came into the league with a reputation that preceded him: an unwillingness to put his hat on the ballcarrier and lower the boom. To be fair, Brown was also lauded coming out of North Carolina for his elite speed and athleticism.
Word is the rookie's incredible speed has been evident, with one source saying the Titans haven’t had a player who can cover that type of ground since Keith Bulluck. The source said Brown is very raw, and can get caught napping at times, but he can make up for it with his great range.
Even more encouraging, Brown’s job in run support has been equally impressive, we hear, and the future appears bright for one of the Titans’ most gifted defenders.