One word closely associated with the defensive schemes of Titans senior assistant Gregg Williams over the years is pressure.

It not only relates to his heavy use of blitzes, but also to a more aggressive, pressing style employed by defensive backs.

Assuming the trend continues with the Titans this season, it may well mean that their cornerbacks will be lining up within a couple yards of enemy receivers more often than they did in 2012. Advantages could include more disruption of routes and more turnovers, while the downside could include surrendering more big plays.

“Overall this year as a defense, we’ll have a little bit more of an aggressive mentality,” cornerback Jason McCourty said. “I think part of that for us as cornerbacks will be getting up at the line of scrimmage and pressing, getting our hands on the wide receivers.

“There will also be times where maybe we give the look of pressure and then drop and play a little zone, but just from the time we’ve spent with Coach Williams, it will be a little more of an attacking style of defense.”

The defense had all kinds of problems in general last year, when it allowed a franchise-record 471 points. Pass defense certainly played a large part in the disaster.

Quarterbacks completed 66.3 percent of their attempts against the Titans (second-highest figure in the NFL), threw 31 touchdown passes against them (tied for second-highest) and compiled 3,964 yards (seventh).

One common complaint from Titans fans was the cornerbacks too often gave receivers a sizable cushion, allowing them to catch short- and medium-range throws almost at will.

It’s hard to counter that argument based on another set of numbers: Quarterbacks completed more than 77 percent of passes thrown to their short left against the Titans (highest figure in the league) and 70.47 percent of passes thrown to the short right (fifth).

So more press coverage, as defined by secondary coach Brett Maxie, would seem to be in order.

“If you play off, then you have to cover or react to every type of movement and cover every type of route,” Maxie said. “Press coverage gives you the ability to get closer to your man and limit his route tree. … Basically, now you’re dictating to the receiver.”