Oct. 21, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a Tennessee Titans helmet on the bench during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans defense to have mentality of pit bulls in 2014

The Tennessee Titans enter the 2014 season with a new head coach and coaching staff which includes defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

If his players comments are any indication, there are some signs of promise early.

The new coaching staff has meant a new mentality in Tennessee which veteran safety Bernard Pollard has described as a transformation to pit bulls.

“We were German shepherds in the training phase, but for some reason we transformed to pit bulls, to Rottweilers,” Pollard said, via TitansOnline.com. “Preferably, I want to be a lion, but there’s no lions over here, but I’ve got the heart.”

With that new mentality, Pollard expects the Titans defense to play with that extra level of intensity that will also bring some fun.

“We had some great plays, but you look at some games, and we didn’t step on the throat when we were supposed to,” Pollard said. “We didn’t finish it off when we were supposed to, we didn’t get off the field when we were supposed to, so if you look at Coach Horton and the mentality that they’re instilling in players like us, it’s going to be a fun year.”

If the Titans defense is able to step up in 2014, the team could have a better shot at getting over the hump and making the postseason for the first time in six-years.

Titans fans have to love what they are hearing, so let’s see if the mentality Horton brings to Tennessee can allow the team to put together their most successful season in recent memory.

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