Tennessee Titans need Sammie Hill to beef up defensive line
One look at new Titans defensive tackle Sammie Hill tells you all you need to know about his primary responsibility here: stuff the run. The 6-foot-4, 329-pounder is both taller and heavier than any of the team’s three primary defensive tackles, so one of his first tasks will be shoring up a line that surrendered more than 127 yards per game on the ground last season — ninth-worst in the NFL. But the Titans also expect Hill to affect the pass rush. They don’t necessarily envision him crashing through offensive lines and burying opposing quarterbacks, considering he’s recorded only four sacks in his four seasons. What they do hope to see, however, is Hill collapsing the pocket, leading to more pressure — and more sacks — from defensive ends Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan. “There’s nothing worse for an offensive line … than to have a guy that size pushing you and closing the pocket,” said Titans coach Mike Munchak, a Pro Football Hall of Fame guard. “It makes the quarterback uncomfortable. “We feel (Hill) can play all three downs if necessary, so we’re excited about that and the push he can get. That makes your outside rushers even more valuable.” Munchak even went so far as to reference the seven years that monstrous Albert Haynesworth was in the middle of the Titans defensive line. His powerful pocket push allowed defensive ends including Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse to ring up all kinds of sacks.
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