Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo had no sacks and no credited tackles in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
But that is not cause for alarm, say Orakpo and Coach Mike Mularkey.
“Sometimes it’s like that. You play on the edge and it’s like that. You’ve just got to control and play your side. … You’ve got to control your side. Nothing really broke on my side. It is what it is. Sometimes it’s like that,” Orakpo said.
When asked about the lack of sacks by the Titans, who did not take down Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill, Orakpo said the team can’t dwell on it.
“You can’t be so obsessed with sacks. That’s what the NFL is obsessed with is sacks. Man, I get it. Sacks are a great stat to have and I love to get them. Don’t get me wrong,” said Orakpo, who tied with Jurrell Casey for the team lead last year with seven sacks. “But sometimes a lot of other measurements can be played into the game as far as pressure and doing your job. Sacks will come. You’ve just got to keep hunting.”
As the Titans get ready to play the Detroit Lions’ explosive offense this week, Mularkey isn’t worried about Orakpo, and is certain the veteran pass rusher will command more than his share of attention.
“He gets a lot of attention. He got attention every time he was in there in the preseason. He’s gotten attention since he’s been here, and he deserves it,” Mularkey said. “Brian is relentless. I mean he was coming after them and they knew. He’s on their board as a game wrecker. I can promise you that.”
If Morgan can’t go, the Titans likely will use some sort of combination of rookies Kevin Dodd and Aaron Wallace as well as veteran David Bass opposite Orakpo.
“One of the things we’ve been very encouraged about this year’s defense is I think we have more depth, particularly in that position” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “David Bass had a lot of snaps last year filling in for Derrick and did a great job for us really. I feel really good about his ability to go in there and perform at an NFL level. We have a couple of draft choices (Kevin Dodd and Aaron Wallace) that we feel good about that are making great progress.”