Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 11/28/11
The Titans might not be ready to make it official just yet, but it is coming. Rookie middle linebacker Colin McCarthy needs to be the starter for the remainder of the season and beyond. McCarthy has played the past three games (two starts) for the Titans while Barrett Ruud has nursed a groin injury. Ruud was signed to a one-year contract just after the lockout ended and was expected to at least hold the position this season while the Titans evaluated what they had in McCarthy, a fourth-round pick from the University of Miami. Now 11 games into the season, the Titans can be certain that what they have in McCarthy: a playmaker who is seemingly always around the football creating havoc. There are two types of defensive players -- some who find the football, and others whom the football finds. In that regard, McCarthy is certainly of the former variety. In three games filling in for Ruud, McCarthy has posted 32 tackles, including five for losses. He forced a fumble Nov. 20 against...
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