Tennessee Titans HC Mike Vrabel isn’t pleased with his football team

Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports image pool)
Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports image pool) /

Well, if you’re going to make mistakes, mental errors, and struggle to get into a rhythm, one might imagine that the best place to do so is at practice. Coming out of the Tennessee Titans‘ second joint session versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Mike Vrabel isn’t pleased with his football team.

He seemed to be in good spirits on Day 1 as he and former teammate Tom Brady, now the Buccaneers starting signal-caller, exchanged playful jabs at one another, but ‘playful’ isn’t a word that one might use to describe Coach’s mood following a day where A.J. Brown and Julio Jones both sat out for the second day in a row and his team looked rather inconsistent in their absence.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel isn’t pleased with his football team.

Who are we kidding? No team is ever going to make its head coach completely happy, but everyone wants to see proper execution. No one wants to hear about bad practices.

Tennessee used an opportunity to rough up someone other than their team, and that’s putting things lightly. It was hot. It was competitive. Tampa’s Antonio Brown and Titans cornerback Chris Jackson got into some fisticuffs, and that was just one of four fights that broke out over a 30-minute stretch. It’s what happened during the on-field drills that had Coach Vrabel upset.

Hey, don’t take anyone else’s word for it. Take a gander for yourselves. Coach hung out with the media on Thursday, two days ahead of Tennessee’s second preseason game, and here’s some of what he had to say:

"I thought it sucked. I thought it sucked. From what I saw, we didn’t do well offensively. I don’t think we competed like we did (Wednesday). Probably a lot of reasons but just not good enough. They (Buccaneers) were clearly better today. We will see how we respond and take the coaching and play on Saturday."

Here’s more.

"I don’t know (why), this isn’t like we alternate days. We want to come out every day and compete, make adjustments. Same guys going against the same guys. I am sure there were some good things but just not enough positive, just not getting into the flow of drives offensively, and I don’t think it was very good defensively either"

There’s some cause for positivity though. Tennessee’s defense picked off Tom Brady three times on Wednesday. They didn’t score one a day later, and while that may be seen as ‘inconsistency’ by some, maybe we can chalk this up to a bad day.

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Again, we’re talking about practice as Allen Iverson would say. If mistakes are to be made. We should all hope that’s where the Tennessee Titans make theirs. Another preseason practice is in the books. Let’s hope Crabel’s guys learned something, that they sharpen up, and that they show us some good stuff during the next preseason game on Saturday, August 21st.