Mike Vrabel’s Coach of the Year game
I have been critical of Mike Vrabel for relying too much on personal relationships to make decisions, but it is impossible to look at what he and Jon Robinson have done this year and come away anything other than impressed.
Quick math (91-53) tells us that 38 times this season the Tennessee Titans have had to find players outside of their system and get them up to speed quickly in order to play a game that week. That requires a good eye for talent to find players that fit the system you are using and a good coach that can communicate what he wants effectively in a short amount of time.
As impressive as that is, what might be even more impressive is what Mike Vrabel is able to do when he has a chance to coach the same 22 starters for more than the average workweek like Mike Herndon shows here:
Going 8-0 and winning by three scores is incredibly impressive and since they are scheduled to face the lowest seed it means that they are going to host either the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders, or Cincinnati Bengals.
None of those teams are bad obviously, but they fall nicely into the tiers of some of the teams that the Titans have played during that win streak like the Dolphins two weeks ago, the 2020 Baltimore Ravens, or the 2020 Buffalo Bills.
If this team just keeps doing what they are doing, the top seed is going to help them massively throughout the playoffs. Now it is just about how this team decided they want to close out the final month of the football calendar.