Tulloch’s time to shine

All throughout OTA’s and training camp, we heard about the constant praise being delivered in the direction of 3rd year linebacker Stephen Tulloch. His athleticism was turning heads as well as putting them on a swivel anytime #55 was in the vicinity.
Yesterday, Jeff Fisher declared that Tulloch would be replacing Ryan Fowler at starting MLB for the upcoming tussle with the Vikings.
What does this lineup change mean for the Tennessee Titan defense?

There’s an old saying that states, “the rich get richer.” In the case of Tulloch becoming a starter for the “Tennessee Tyrant” defense, “the fast get faster.” Tulloch will fit in nicely on a Titan defense known for its tenacity and toughness.
Tulloch’s explosiveness has been a blessing and a curse. His speed may allow him to get to ball carriers quicker, but that same God-given talent is also responsible for his penchant to overpursue.
Despite lacking Tulloch’s athleticism, Ryan Fowler has been the starter up to this point because of his knack of consistently being in the right place at the right time.
The timing of Fisher’s decision to insert Tulloch into the starting lineup suggests that the Titans are preparing for an all-out assault on Viking RB Adrian “All Day” Peterson. Tulloch’s speed will come in handy as the Titan defense attempts to surround AD with two-tone blue uniforms all day long.
The move could have also been a response to rookie Steve Slaton’s 116-yard performance against the Titans last Sunday. Peterson is much bigger than Slaton, but he possesses speed that is similar to the rookie RB from West Virginia who torched the Titans to the tune of 6.4 yards per carry.
Tulloch’s wheels may match up better against Peterson than Fowler’s savvy.
Personally, I’m excited about Tulloch being the starting MLB this week. The Titans will now have their three best linebackers (IMO) on the field simultaneously, and Tully’s speed will be yet another factor for opposing offenses to consider as they prepare to face the intimidating Titan defense.
So, what do you guys think? Is inserting Tulloch into the starting lineup against the Vikes a good move? If successful, should Tulloch’s starting assignment continue through the rest of the regular season?

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