Tennessee Titans: What We Learned from Week 8 Victory vs. Buccaneers
2. Mike Vrabel hasn’t learned from the past
In a way, I respect the fact that head coach Mike Vrabel continues to make gutsy, controversial decisions late in games, but now it’s gotten to the point where he has been aggressive in his decision making to a fault.
On a fourth-and-2 with just under four minutes to go, instead of having Cody Parkey kick what would have been a 45-yard field goal to put the TItans up by seven, he decided to run a fake, having punter/holder Brett Kern try to run the football.
Kern was obliterated by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White, and had it not been for a premature whistle, the Buccaneers would have had a fumble return for a touchdown on the play.
Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan legitimately thought Kern was dead for a moment.
I would have been less angry if Vrabel just decided to straight up go for it, but to run a fake with Kern, who did complete a pass on a fake punt last week for a first down, was absolutely reckless and could have cost the Titans the game had the referee not blown the whistle.
Vrabel’s judgment has not improved in these situations, and the more he takes asinine risks like this, the more the fan base will continue to turn on him.
As the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.