AFC South: TTR’s game changers

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Join us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012.  To see the full series click here.

Houston Texans – When Wade Philips came aboard in Houston, he did the unimaginable.  He took that miserable squad and turned them into a dominant defense.  Transforming a defense alone is hard, especially when shifting to a new philosophy.  When they made that shift, they wisely drafted Brooks Reed out of Arizona State.  In some scouting circles he was considered a poor man’s Clay Matthews.  Well, poor or not, he played above expectations last year down the stretch as he got more playing time.  This year with Mario Williams gone, he will start opposite the emergent Connor Barwin, to help for one of the newest pass rushing duos in the NFL.  Barwin believes the sky is the limit for Reed, who is currently believed to be the strongest guy on the teamafter an amazing off season.  I expect Reed to build on his dominant post season performances  from the get go in 2012.  Reed and Barwin could surprise this year with 10 plus sacks each.
Tennessee Titans –  Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t like what the Titans are doing.  I don’t fully understand how they are trying to build this team.  It seems like each year they are letting go of players, while only pulling in a modicum of talent to replace them.  They do have some core players left on both sides of the ball, but it appears that it is becoming slim pickins.  This is a hard selection for me to make, because there are a few players that I go back and forth on.  I like Akeem Ayers potential, but I think he needs to develop a little more, and he may not have a lot of help on that side of the ball this season. Read more here…
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