Titans CB Malcolm Butler says it’ll be a ‘new me’ this season
Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler has big plans for the 2019 season. After signing a massive five-year, 61 million dollar contract last offseason, Butler was a major disappointment in Nashville. He played like one of the league’s worst corners, consistently getting burned by opposing passing attacks. But this year, he says things will be different.
“I’m very relaxed. It’s not my first rodeo now. I’m relaxed. I know my teammates, I know my coaches and my playbook. I know Nashville and I know hot chicken, so I’m very acquainted.” said Butler to Titansinsider.com, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
While it’s a good sign that Butler is getting more comfortable in his new home, these comments seldom mean much. You’ll very rarely hear a player talking about how much they’re struggling to settle in or learn a new playbook. But if Butler’s words do carry weight, this could be huge for the Titans. Tennessee already fielded a top-ten pass defense last year, leaning on cornerbacks Adoree Jackson, Logan Ryan and ball-hawking safety Kevin Byard. If Butler can be restored to his former Super Bowl-winning glory, this unit has nowhere to go but up.
The Titans are legitimate contenders to make the playoffs. They play in a tough division with three other potential playoff teams, but a wild card berth is not an unrealistic expectation. If Butler helps the defense go from good to great, don’t be surprised to see these Titans playing into January.