This offseason, all anyone can talk about related to the Tennessee Titans is the defense. The defense is what arguably held this team back from producing better results.

There were games in which the offense did very well, but the defense did bad enough to wipe it out. Take a look at the Cleveland Browns game for a prime example of that.

Then the hiring of Shane Bown sent a lot of fans over the edge. Bowen was the guy in charge last season but without the official “defensive coordinator” title.

Vrabel stated that he does not believe the lack of a coordinator is to blame for the poor defense we witnessed. He doubled down on that by keeping Bowen but giving him the official title just to shut the media up.

Although the defense is as frustrating as it is, a few spots on the defense provide a slimmer of hope. One of those “spots” happen to be veteran nose tackle, DaQuan Jones.

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Dec 6, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans nose tackle DaQuan Jones (90) takes the field before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

DaQuan Jones is one half of the underrated tandem the Tennessee Titans have at defensive tackle. The unit had a solid outing in 2020. Simmons made a name for himself as one of the best players on the line in Tennessee.

But this isn’t about Simmons. We all know about that monster of a man. It is about the man beside him who seemed to have a career year thanks to the presence of Simmons.

Jones quietly had a great year in 2020. 49 combined tackles, 29 solo tackles, four tackle for losses, and six QB hits are all a career-high.

He also forced a crucial fumble at the goal line versus the Detroit Lions in a game that helped his team clinch a double-digit win season.

Jones is one of the more consistent players on the Titans defense. For the last four seasons, he has achieved over 30 combined tackles.

With the Tennessee Titans cap situation, it is a possibility that they move on from the 28-year-old veteran. But, Shane Bowen has a base that he can build on.

The priority is to build around them with solid linebackers and edge rushers with an excellent defensive tackle group. If the Titans can find some pass rushers, they will have a scary front on defense.

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