Titans safety Searcy sets lofty goals for 2016
Tennessee Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy has big plans for his second season with the team.
After signing with the Tennessee as a free agent in March, Searcy played in 15 games, including 13 starts. The five-year veteran, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills, finished with 55 tackles, a half-sack and one interception.
While his numbers weren’t gaudy, Searcy said he sacrificed for the good of the team.
“Sure, I want to make more flash plays. I want to be a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball,” Searcy said. “You have a lot of game-changers on offense, and I want to be mentioned in the same company as the other elite safeties. What separates those guys from everybody else is the ability to make game-changing plays, so I would love the opportunities to do that. But anything coaches needed me to do I was willing to do for the sake of the defense.”
With his adjustment period over, the 27-year-old said he hopes to be more a difference-maker in 2016 and has two large goals in mind.
“The two Ps — playoffs and Pro Bowl,’’ Searcy said. “That’s what you want every year, but there’s a lot more emphasis on it this coming season. This past season it was about coming to a new environment, and I was the new guy coming in. I didn’t want to step on any toes, I wanted to come in and help.
”I definitely want to be more of a game-changer next season for this defense.”
A return to his 2014 form would be a good start. Searcy made a series of impact plays in his final season with the Bills, intercepting three passes and forcing a fumble. He also had five passes defensed.