NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Linebacker
“I think our identity comes from how we play,” Phillips said during a media session this week. “We don’t have an identity yet because we haven’t played together. We don’t know what’s going to work for us. It may be to blitz every single play; it may be to be in coverage every single play. We don’t know, so we’re establishing our identity, and whether it will be an iron-nose defense or a hybrid defense or pass-rush defense, we’ll figure that out as the season goes on.”
The Titans plan to implement elements of 3-4 and 4-3 fronts this season under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Phillips, who spent most of his pro career as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 in San Diego before playing defensive end in Denver’s 4-3 last season, said he thinks installation of Horton’s system will go smoothly.
“I personally see it coming together,” Phillips said. “Ray’s defense is pretty simple: if they call your name, you’re blitzing, and if they don’t, then maybe you’re in coverage, so they tell you what to do and it’s up to you to learn what you’re supposed to do. After that, you just go play football.”
Phillips, who has 79.5 career sacks, said he and
“Guys have been asking me random questions, which is good. They know that I’ve played in the 3-4 system for a while, and so has Kam,” Phillips said. “We get to piggyback off each other, sit next to each other in meetings and throw things back and forth, communicate. That’s what it’s about right now: we’re learning the defense, getting it installed and we’ll go from there.”
“I’ve played in a system very similar to this, so everything seems the same, but it’s the terminology and trying to get all the plays down,” Pitoitua said. “Everything is very (similar) though.”
Titans offensive tackle