Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel explained why he went for a fake field goal during the team’s Week 8 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel made a shoddy call on a crucial fourth down situation in the Week 8 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Vrabel’s fourth down calls have been concerning all season long, and once again he made a bad decision on Sunday.
With the Titans holding a 27-23 lead and in field goal range with under four minutes left to play, Vrabel decided to run a fake field goal run with punter Brett Kern that ultimately failed miserably.
Not only did it give the Bucs new life and a chance to take the lead with a touchdown as opposed to just being able to tie the game with one, but Kern got destroyed on the play and didn’t look so hot walking off the field.
How dare Vrabel put the Titans’ best player in a position like that to get hurt, especially with such a terrible decision.
Now, I could understand if kicker Cody Parkey was having issues during the game, however that simply was not the case. Parkey had nailed both of his field goal attempts at that point (one was from 51 yards out) and was looking at a reasonable 45-yard attempt.
Vrabel had this to say about the decision.
The Titans were lucky enough to even be in a position to have a lead at that point in the game with the way the offense was playing, so taking that kind of a risk was just unnecessary — and it’s the latest bad decision in a long line of them from Vrabel in 2019.