After a rough start to their 2017 Season, the Tennessee Titans defense has rebounded the past few weeks, including in their 36-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Two-time Pro Bowler and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey joined The Jim Rome Show Thursday on CBS Sports Radio and talked about the attitude he and his teammates bring to the field with them.
“The mindset is to get on that field and make sure we dominate a team,” Casey said. “And when you have that mindset in all three groups—from your secondary, to your linebacker, to your front three—you have no choice but to have a dominant group. That’s what we try to pride ourselves on, everybody has that same mindset to go get after them, and to also always be professionals at what we do. And that’s how we’ve been working and that’s how we’re going to continue to work.”
The 27-year-old said his drive was instilled in him as a young player at Long Beach Poly High School in California, a high school Sports Illustrated named “Sports School of the Century.” Being a part of that rich tradition is something that Casey takes great pride in. He also takes pride in proving skeptics wrong, believing he never got his due after an all-conference career at USC but still sliding to the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
“The biggest thing was really after playing and really feeling I had good years in high school and college, everybody still underestimated me,” Casey said. “They still don’t think I’m a good player, they still think I have a lot to do to be the best. And that’s what drove me when I came into the NFL. To say, you know what, no matter where I’m drafted, no matter what, at the end of the day the person across from me has to block me and coaches have to respect me after they see my game.
“And that’s what the whole thing is. Really everybody knows after the NFL, there’s nothing else left—other than the Hall of Fame. And leaving your name on this game. That’s the whole mindset.”
The anchor of the Titans defensive front, Casey has two sacks this season. And to him, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting to the quarterback.
“It’s amazing, once you feel you lost that guy, and you know it’s just you and that quarterback one-on-one. It’s the best feeling in the world. And you got to take pride in it because it’s hard to beat those guys,” Casey said. “When you actually get that gratification of actually putting that pressure on that quarterback, it’s definitely an amazing feeling. I think every pass rusher understands what that feeling is, and it’s bigger than any other illegal drug out there when you get that sack.”