Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel made a controversial decision to go for the win instead of playing for overtime in his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in London this past Sunday.
Vrabel opted to go for two, instead of kicking the extra point. The Titans were unable to convert the two point play, essentially ending the game.
On Monday, Vrabel further discussed his decision to go for two, telling reporters “It was about who was on the other side throwing the football”.
Vrabel on his decision-making on going for two: “It was about who was on the other side throwing the football.”
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Vrabel didn’t want to give Philip Rivers plenty of time to get the Chargers in field goal position to possibly win the game.
Vrabel was planning to pooch kick if #Titans had converted the 2-point conversion. Why? Eat up 8 seconds and leave Rivers 23 seconds or so needing 45 yards for a field goal.
— Teresa Walker (@TeresaMWalker) October 22, 2018
Going for two doesn’t really change Rivers having an opportunity to win the game, by the way. A field goal beats you either way in that situation.
But I think the biggest thing that stands out to me about Vrabel’s comments is the lack of confidence he has in his defense to stop Rivers.
Now, that doubt might be justified. Rivers tossed for over 300 yards on Sunday. And he’s consistently been one of the top quarterbacks in the league during his career.
But Vrabel just flat out saying he was worried about who was on the other side of the ball isn’t a good look. I admire his candidness during his press conferences, but I can’t imagine Titans defenders feel very good after hearing those comments from Vrabel.
Publicly, Vrabel needs to send the message that he believes in Tennessee’s ability to stop anyone, at any time.
I can’t blame the Titans defense if they’re scratching their heads today at their head coach’s comments.
Vrabel’s still getting adjusted to dealing with the media while also leading a NFL team, but those are some comments he might like to have back.
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