Titans/Oilers greats Blaine Bishop and Kevin Dyson joined “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith for a special edition of Titans All Access that will air the weekend of Nov. 1-3.
Keith discussed multiple aspects for how the Titans’ current season has gone, as well as other NFL trends, with the members of the 1999 AFC Championship team that appeared in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Bishop, a four-time Pro Bowl safety, said he’s liked what he’s seen from the free agents that Tennessee signed to improve its defense and has enjoyed the return of Gregg Williams to the coaching staff as a senior assistant.
“They’re just flying around, showing signs of what we used to have, one of those great defenses the years I played,” Bishop said. “They’re real close to being at an elite level defensive team and they’re right there on the cusp.”
One of the most interesting additions, Bishop said, is defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, who is tied for the team lead with four sacks (a career high).
“He’s stopping the running game,” Bishop said. “He’s making pressure on the quarterback, and I think that’s making it easier for the guys in the secondary to cover and the whole defense is playing a lot better.”
Dyson, a first-round selection in the 1998 NFL Draft who scored on the Music City Miracle, said he’s been pleased with the development of Jake Locker. Dyson and Bishop said Locker’s toughness reminds them of their teammate, the late Steve McNair.
“I love the progression he’s going through. I think they’ve done some things to help him out: give him some stationary targets,” Dyson told Keith. “He’s not getting a lot of moving routes. He’s doing some things there, but the biggest thing is players believe in him and have a trust in him. That’s the biggest difference, regardless of the skillset. You can tell a difference when he’s in there.”
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