Increasing number of Pro Bowl selections proves Titans had talent

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:16pm
Staff reports

In past seasons, it has been easy to look at the Tennessee Titans’ struggles and chalk them up to a shortage of quality players.

The more time that passes since the end of the 2010 season, the more difficult it becomes to use that as an explanation for the 6-10 record, the third-worst mark of Jeff Fisher’s career.

With the addition of safety Michael Griffin to the AFC Pro Bowl roster on Wednesday, the number of Titans who will be in Honolulu for the NFL’s annual all-star contest on Jan. 29 grew to four.

Griffin was tabbed to replace Baltimore’s Ed Reed, who will not play because of injury. He joined defensive end Jason Babin and return specialist Marc Mariani, who were named to the original roster, and running back Chris Johnson, named a replacement for Maurice Jones-Drew late last week.

That means this season’s Titans had more Pro Bowlers than any of the previous four that finished with a losing record. In 1995, the then-Houston Oilers (7-9) had three selections. In 2001 (7-9) and 2005 (4-12), the Titans had two players selected. And in 2004 (5-11), no one from the organization played in the game.

This will be the second Pro Bowl appearance for Griffin, a 2007 first-round pick who also made it following the 2008 season.

Griffin had a team-high four interceptions, all of which came during October. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month that month. He also was second on the team with 153 tackles and 14 passes defensed.