There’s been a lot of discussion in the last week about the general disregard of the Tennessee Titans by the national media.
Despite a 3-1 start to the season, with wins against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles, the Titans have been mostly glossed over by folks outside of the Nashville market.
Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan recently voiced his displeasure about the national perception of the Titans.
Taylor Lewan: “It’s ridiculous that people don’t give the Titans enough credit… You’ve got to start respecting Nashville.”
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) October 1, 2018
Good Morning Football’s Kyle Brandt went all-in on the Titans and the city of Nashville after Lewan made his comments.
— GMFB (@gmfb) October 4, 2018
Personally, I kind of thought Brandt’s comments were silly. The Titans don’t receive respect because Marcus Mariota is quiet? That doesn’t make any sense. He’s the same quarterback he was at Oregon and he received plenty of national recognition during his college days.
Anyway, it ultimately doesn’t matter how much credit the Titans get on the national level. And that’s something Mike Vrabel addressed perfectly during his media session on Thursday.
Vrabel on worrying about national attention for the Titans: “I think that’s the most ridiculous thing we could do.”
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) October 4, 2018
Winning is all that matters. The amount of credit the Titans get or don’t get during the week has nothing to do with what happens on Sundays.
It’s not a surprise that Vrabel is completely disinterested in what the national media says about the Titans. In fact, he’s probably happy that Tennessee is flying under the radar a bit. It takes a little bit of pressure off the team.
But the Titans won’t keep flying under the radar for long. If they keep knocking off the top teams in the league, eventually folks are going to notice.
Vrabel has his focus in the right place. Winning. Everything else will take care of itself as long as the wins keep piling up.
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