Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel held a day-after-game press conference on Monday afternoon. The Titans defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in overtime by a score of 30-24.
Here are some of the topics Mike Vrabel addressed.
RAVENS’ COVID OUTBREAK
Some breaking news on Monday morning revealed that the Tennessee Titans’ week eleven opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, had players and staff members test positive for the coronavirus.
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Those players were later confirmed to be running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins.
This could potentially impact the Titans. Vrabel mentioned that the team is waiting to hear back from the league regarding contact tracing.
“The league is in the extensive protocol,” Mike Vrabel said, “Players are physically distanced in meetings just reviewing the tape. We are just following all the guidelines and protocols and waiting to hear back from the league on contact tracing.”
In the past, teams have had COVID outbreaks and didn’t affect their opponent for that week. Therefore, it’s possible the Titans are fine despite facing the Ravens on Sunday.
Progress? Isaiah Wilson suited up for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. At one point, we saw him standing with a coach with his helmet on.
By fate, it could very well be Isaiah Wilson’s time very soon. The Titans suffered another injury to their offensive line against the Ravens. Left tackle Ty Sambrailo went down with a possible season-ending injury.
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Sambrailo was the backup of left tackle Taylor Lewan, who went on injured reserve earlier this season. This could mean Isaiah Wilson is getting closer to his first NFL snap with the Titans, right?
Well, when Vrabel was asked if there was a possibility for him to compete for a starting role at left tackle, Vrabel said, “Sure.”
“We’ll just have to talk to Isaiah (Wilson) about continuing to string some positive days together,” Vrabel said, “Being prepared, practicing, and proving to everybody that he knows what to do and he plays in a manner that we expect our offensive linemen to play.”
That seems like typical Vrabel talk, but with all the injuries, Wilson’s name could be called upon soon.
On Sambrailo, Vrabel said they will continue to evaluate him and see where he is moving forward. Yet, it is expected that he will miss the remainder of the season.
VACCARO RULED OUT, HOOKER STEPPING UP
The Tennessee Titans surprisingly added Vaccaro to the injury report this past Friday, then ruled him out of the game versus Baltimore.
For a struggling defense, that was not great news. However, Amani Hooker provided a boost for the Titans on Sunday. He had a couple of key pass breakups and even an interception.
“I think Amani (Hooker) is continuing to improve,” Vrabel said, “He’s a versatile player. Amani stepped in there and did some really good things.”
As for Vaccaro, Vrabel mentioned what happened to cause him to be ruled out late in the week.
“He reported symptoms that he was in the protocol, and now he’s working his way through it.”
FACING COLTS TWICE IN THREE WEEKS
The Tennessee Titans are right back to square one. They battle the Indianapolis Colts for their second chance to win and take control of the AFC South.
The Titans lost to the Colts just eleven days ago on Thursday Night Football. It was a disastrous game for the special teams unit.
The game featured a 17-yard shanked punt and a blocked punt taken back for six points. Now the Titans have a shot at payback, but this time they will have to do it in hostile territory in Indianapolis.
“We’ll try to get some more stops, create long drives, get off the field,” Vrabel said, “(We’ll try to) play better on special teams and play more complimentary football.”
The Colts defeated the Packers on Sunday, which means both teams are 7-3 and tied atop the AFC South. The Colts own the tiebreaker because they won the head-to-head matchup.
The Titans will be without linebacker Jayon Brown, who suffered a season-ending elbow injury versus the Ravens. Yet, they could potentially have linebacker David Long back, who Vrabel said is working his way back from the COVID protocol.
If the Tennessee Titans win on Sunday, they will move to 8-3 and the third seed in the AFC regardless of what happens with the Buffalo Bills. The Titans own the tiebreaker over Buffalo.
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