Returning Titans ILB Zach Brown needs to be a key to run defense efforts

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Paul Kuharsky: Zach Brown looked good to me, and they are happy with him. He was hurt and lost for the season in the team's first defensive series of 2014. So I am counting him as a new starter in 2015, along with safety Da'Norris Searcy, cornerback Perrish Cox and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Brown will be an important guy, and while there is little doubt he can turn and run with tight ends, we need to see him help solve the run-defense issue. He told me the year of rehab and putting on some weight means he can hit stuff faster.

Paul Kuharsky: Jalston Fowler is the frontline fullback for sure. Karl Klug's work on offense was strictly as a fullback and included very few snaps. There was no tight end action. If Fowler got hurt, they could look back to Klug for a snap here or there. It will never be any sort of regular role for the defensive lineman. Definitely expect more pistol and options with Marcus Mariota.

Paul Kuharsky: The 2014 team lost free-agent cornerback Alterraun Verner and was without a couple guys who were hardly great, but contributed to the 7-9 record - quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, running back Chris Johnson and right tackle David Stewart. They also lost Brown right out of the gate and safety Bernard Pollard relatively early. So it wasn't the same roster that went 7-9. Ken Whisenhunt also inherited some fading guys for sure. But it wasn't a good coaching job by any stretch, either. There was plenty of blame to spread around.