If there was one strength on the Tennessee Titans’ roster that you could point to at this stage of training camp, it would be their re-tooled secondary.
Not only do they have the most talent collectively, but they are without a doubt the most confident position group in Tennessee’s locker room.
The unit that now calls themselves “MMCNB“….which stands for “My Man Catch No Balls“…has been terrorizing their teammates on offense all summer long. Bullying young receivers with physical play. Interception after interception. They carry a big stick and bite as much as they bark.
Today was a different story, however, as they were humbled in their brief stint of action in Tennessee’s preseason debut against the Green Bay Packers…with future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers watching from the sidelines no less.
But in all actuality, that’s a good thing.
While the secondary position as a whole is filled with All Pro, Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl championship pedigree, having something on tape to look at and work on will only make them better in the long run.
It also aleviates the complacency that can come with overconfidence.
Malcolm Butler, Tennessee’s big fish landing in free agency and rock star of training camp, was beat on a 48 yard bomb on Green bay’s first offensive possession when backup qb Brett Hundley found Davante Adams streaking past him up the sideline.
Hundley capped off a 7 play 75 yard opening drive with an 8 yard touchdown toss to Jamaal Williams. Tennessee’s starting defense offered no resistance.
And the backups fared no better.
DeShone Kizer, arguably the worst qb in the NFL last season, not only relieved Hundley, but picked up where he left off. As a whole, Green Bay’s backup qb’s threw for a combined 356 yards and 3 touchdowns.
That has to be infuriating to a secondary as prideful as Tennessee’s. Especially after SportsCenter gets through choppping up the clips to make Hundley and Kizer look like the second coming of Brett Favre….at their expense.
Titans fans…absolutely no need to panic, it was just the first preseason game. But for a unit that has spent the last few months getting nothing but pats on the back…this is the type of performance that should…and I presume will…light a fire under them going forward.
And that can only help the Titans.