With the firing of Mike Munchak and recent hiring of Ken Whisenhunt, one thing is for certain in Nashville and that is change. It would appear the entire Munchak coaching staff will likely be looking for work this offseason while Coach Whiz brings in "his guys". Certainly Defensive Coordinator candidate Ray Horton fits that bill despite the obvious difference in defensive scheme. As the hours and days pass and the search for a new DC continues, many Titans fans find themselves questioning if this team has the personal to move to a 3-4 and just how much we may struggle. It would take a foolish fan to predict a flawless transition to a completely different scheme over the course of one offseason but I also believe too many are over exaggerating the struggle and overrating our defensive unit. As far as our defensive front, I think we have a surplus of serviceable players who could provide us with the big bodied strong defensive line. Mike Martin, Antonio Johnson, Jurrell Casey, Sammie Lee Hill , and Karl Klugg could all rotate in as part of a strong defensive front. The biggest issue for the transition is clearly linebacker. Currently on this team, I see one player who could step in and potentially thrive from opening week, Akeem Ayers. However, we are widely viewed around the league as have one of the more athletic line backing corps so the transition may not be quite as difficult as long as we mix and match currently. I believe we could select a player to play that rush backer position in the first round, someone like Mack, Ealy, Barr or Beasley. With that addition we could start Wimbley and Ayers while allowing the rookie and Zaviar Gooden to back up and shuffle in to keep them fresh. Inside could be trickier with a starting tandem of Zach Brown and McCarthy.
In the end our base defense would look as follows:
Right End: Derrick Morgan backed by Antonio Johnson
Nose Tackle: Sammie Lee Hill backed by Mike Martin
Left End: Jurrell Casey backed by Karl Klugg
Inside backers: Zach Brown and Colin McCarthy backed by Moises Fokuo and Zavier Gooden
Outside backers: Kameron Wimbley and Akeem Ayers backed by 1st round pick and Free agent addition.