The fifth-year interior linebacker has quietly change into a prominent order within the Tennessee Titans’ locker room.
NASHVILLE – When the subject of locker room leaders is raised, there are a variety of names among the many Tennessee Titans that at the moment come to mind.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is one on fable of of the pickle he plays and the stage at which he plays it. Safety Kevin Byard has been a team captain for every of the final two years. Running support Derrick Henry has change into an indomitable presence on and off the field.
One who shut to never is mentioned – but ought to be, according to his pickle coach – is interior linebacker Jayon Brown. Now in his fifth NFL season, Brown has change into a principal presence among his pickle community in a means that implies he is in a position to guiding the total roster.
“Jayon is extra or much less the chief,” interior linebackers coach Jim Haslett said. “All of these guys [at inside linebacker] catch right leadership abilities, but Jayon extra or much less takes over. He’s a pure chief.”
A fifth-spherical draft purchase in 2017, Brown has change into one amongst basically the most versatile and productive avid gamers on the Titans’ defense. In every of the final three years, he has registered on the least one sack and one interception, and twice within the span he compelled extra than one fumbles. He was Tennessee’s leading tackler via the first 9 video games of 2020 sooner than an injury compelled him to converse the rest of the year on injured reserve.
That stage of play on its have provides him a level of credibility that allows him to talk up if and when he feels the need. Plus, he has a willingness to attain so and a message that he wants to send with his words and his actions.
“I appropriate lead by instance,” Brown said. “… We’ve received (Byard) as a vocal chief and leads by instance also. [I] appropriate [try to] be a guy that will possibly maybe maybe even be counted on, bewitch my teammates, and so that they bewitch me responsible as smartly.”
A probably residing off of Brown’s exclusion from the team’s formal leadership community up to now is that once he grew to change into a chubby-time starter weeks into the 2018 season, he changed Wesley Woodyard within the defense. Alternatively, Woodyard, a captain yearly of his college and expert occupation, remained on the roster and was a varied groups captain within the later years of his occupation.
Woodyard, therefore, remained a leading order within the locker room throughout 2019, his final year with the Titans. Brown, and the rest of the interior linebackers, remained in his immense leadership shadow. Earlier than Woodyard, the final interior linebacker to be a team captain was Colin McCarthy support in 2012.
Plus, when Brown does feel the want to talk up, the message would no longer basically reach the total roster valid now.
“All of us catch our have ways,” he said. “I mean, I’m no longer principal of a yeller. There’s no want to embarrass any individual. You appropriate check with any individual on the side. Everyone has their very have limited ways.
“… It’s appropriate nothing non-public. All of us need the easiest for every other. We’ve all received the identical dreams that we want to hit. It’s appropriate conserving all people responsible at a high stage so we derive to be the easiest we would possibly possibly possibly maybe maybe even be.”