Come Sunday the Titans defense has a mission: stop all-pro running back Jamal Charles.
Charles was third in the league in rushing last season and is considered maybe the best all-purpose back in the league.
With No. 1 wide receiver Dwayne Bowe suspended, the Titans defense has been able to put a lot of focus on Charles.
Safety Michael Griffin said, “I think this offense goes through him so if we can just contain him and everybody can just keep there eye on him and rally to the ball whenever you have an opportunity to go get him. Everybody just get there, all 11 people. When they snap the ball we gotta get to the football, if we do that we’ll be able to contain him.”
“I think if you can hold him to under 100 yards rushing you’ve done your job because I would assume coach Reed once to run the ball to take pressure off the offensive line, take the pressure off Alex so he doesn’t get hit so 100 yard barometer would be a good stat for one of the best if not the best back in the AFC,” added defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Defensive Lineman Sammie Hill told News 2, “He’s the key to that team, you know. Bowe being out and Charles being the great running back that he is can’t take nothing from it. If we slow down Charles, if we slow down Charles and take care of everything on the back end, then I think we have a chance to win the game.”
The Titans open the regular season Sunday in Kansas City.