A lot has changed for both the Broncos and Titans since the two franchises met early last season, but the two are set to cross paths in a similar fashion once again in 2011.
A year ago, Denver won a Week 4 matchup in Nashville 26-20 with the Titans coming off a win over the New York Giants.
Now the Broncos are heading to Nashville in Week 3, with the Titans again coming off a victory — this time over the Baltimore Ravens.
“We came in off a big win in New York — we beat the Giants — came into home, where we felt comfortable, where we’re hard to beat — and Denver came in and beat us,” Tennessee Head Coach Mike Munchak said of last year’s meeting with the Broncos. “I think it’s something that you don’t forget.”
“Yes, it’s a lot of different players, different coaches, but it’s still Broncos and Titans; so that’s still a memory that we blew an opportunity.”
Munchak is in his first season as Head Coach of the Titans after serving as the team’s offensive line coach since the 1997 season.
The Titans are also featuring a new quarterback under center, with
Matt Hasselbeck leaving Seattle for Tennessee in the offseason.
Hasselbeck may not have been a Titan last year but he faced the Broncos a season ago as a member of the Seahawks.
The veteran signal caller is well aware of the schematic changes on the Denver defense and he offered a brief breakdown of his next opponent.
“Schematically, defensively, they’re a little bit different,” Hasselbeck said. “I think the thing that sticks out is just the pass rushers, the speed rushers on the edge whether it be (DE Elvis) Dumervil or (LB) Von Miller, that’s really what sticks out.
“They’ve had injuries too, so you don’t see (CB) Champ (Bailey) out there; you don’t see different guys that are good players—you don’t see them on the film. If this team was healthy, this is a really, really talented defense… I think this is a really dangerous team. They could do good things this year.”