Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/1/12
Near the end of the offseason, the Tennessee Titans rewarded safety Michael Griffin with a five-year, $36 million contract extension. Now, the Titans want Griffin to reward their faith in him by becoming the leader of the defense. ''What Mike needs to do is . say `I'm going to be the leader of this defense,' and `we're going to go this way.' All the great safeties that I've been around have done that,'' Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. ''They take it upon themselves. Really good safeties take ownership and say, `I'm going to put you on my back, and let's go.' And then they challenge everyone around them.'' In his time as a Titan, Griffin has had his moments of excellent play - 17 career interceptions and two Pro Bowls attest to that. But there were moments of inconsistency, too, and that is what Griffin wants to eliminate from his game. ''I just want to be the same guy, but get better and work on the things I need to work on. I want to be more consistent,'' said Gri...
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