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Titans go bigger, simpler for stingier defense

Defensive Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan starts answering before the question is finished. Yes, he loves the new defense.

He calls coordinator Jerry Gray's system organized so players know what they're doing. He loves the coaching and calls Gray the best thing that's ever happened to him as a football player.

And Finnegan is not alone.

The Titans spent more time than any other NFL defense on the field last season and ranked 29th against the pass as the team went 6-10. Defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was fired in January, a week before Jeff Fisher left the franchise.

New coach Mike Munchak brought in Gray as his defensive coordinator, and Tennessee got much bigger on the defensive line and in the linebacker corps both through the draft and in free agency.

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