As mentioned before, the Titans had the league’s worst defense when it came to third down stops. And no, this isn’t a third and short run up the gut. This is all over the field in multiple different sets. If a team wanted to keep drives alive, more often than not, they would.
Desmond King was brought in via trade to help at the nickel position. He came on strong late but is an impending free agent. If the Titans re-sign him, that likely means they’ll cut Malcolm Butler this offseason. If so, they’ll still need another cornerback.
Shaun Wade was once considered a top-10 pick thanks to the DBU standards of Ohio State. He’ll need to show that he can play on the outside against larger receivers in man coverage. In the nickel, though, he’s been excellent and quick at deciphering plays.
Don’t expect a ton of turnovers, but Wade will get the job done against shiftier slot receivers in breaking up plays. Aggressive at the line, his smaller stature fits what Vrabel likes in his defenders. The Titans aren’t afraid to play smaller guys on the outside, meaning if Wade shows he can handle himself in the title game, he’ll be in play.