Titans expect Wake, young players to lead to more sacks

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Published 7:20 p.m. ET June 4, 2019 | Updated 7:46 p.m. ET June 4, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee expects more sacks from coordinator Dean Pees’ defense.

The goal is part of the defense’s anticipated overall improvement, but it’s not the Titans’ primary focus.

“We get so caught up sometimes in like, well, if a guy didn’t have a lot of sacks that he must not be playing particularly well,” Pees said. “Well, the team that led the league last year in sacks was also 31st on defense. Between me, I’d rather be eight on defense and midway in the sacks, just me personally. … Guys who have a lot of sacks doesn’t mean they’re playing great defense. It means they got a lot of sacks.”

Tennessee had 39 sacks in 2018, tying for 16th in the NFL. The Titans would like to be better in that category.

Nonetheless, Pees is more worried about the Titans doing what’s asked of them within the defensive scheme, even if that means sacrificing sack numbers. Tennessee made a few personnel changes on a defense that ranked third in fewest points allowed, eighth in fewest yards allowed and sixth against the pass in 2018.

Brian Orakpo had 1½ sacks in his final season, and the Titans…

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