Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel held his day-after-game press conference after his team defeated the Jaguars 31-10 on the road.
With that win, the Titans improved to 9-4 and maintained their top spot in the AFC South.
Here are some of the topics Vrabel addressed.
Mike Vrabel didn’t say much about defensive back Kristian Fulton. However, he did note that the deadline to activate him is Tuesday.
Vrabel: @Titans have until Tuesday to make a decision on Kristian Fulton, who is on the ‘Designated for Return’ list
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) December 14, 2020
If the Titans don’t activate him, he will remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
4TH & 2 DECISION
Earlier in Sunday’s game versus the Jaguars, the Tennessee Titans faced a 4th & 2 situation deep in the Jaguars’ territory.
Instead of bringing out Stephen Gostkowski for a chip shot field goal, they hurried to the line and handed the ball to Jeremy McNichols.
At first, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. However, Vrabel provided insight on why that decision was made.
“I thought we could get it,” Vrabel said, “I thought (the Jaguars) were subbing and scrambling, and I don’t know why the official was standing over the football.”
The Titans were trying to catch the Jaguars off guard, but the referees allowed Jacksonville to get set on defense. The Titans’ defense still managed to stop the Jaguars’ offense after that drive and go on to win 31-10.
CLINCHING ANOTHER WINNING SEASON
In 2014 and 2015, the Titans had a combined five wins. Yes, you read that right, five wins over two seasons.
Ever since Jon Robinson took over as General Manager, the team has had four straight winning seasons. With the win over the Jaguars this week, they officially made it five.
Though the first four were all 9-7 records, it’s still a winning season. Unless something catastrophic happens, it’s likely the Titans will finally get over the 9-7 hump.
Vrabel praised the organization for changing the course of the team.
“I think it starts at the top,” Vrabel said, “The direction that we get and support we get from Amy Adams Strunk. Then obviously Jon for the direction in which the franchise wants to go, and his leadership and support for the coaching staff.”
The Titans need one more win to have their first double-digit winning season since 2008 when they went 13-3.
HENRY NEARING RECORDS
The Titans have quite a few players nearing some records, whether it be franchise or NFL records.
Ryan Tannehill has a shot at breaking the Titans’ all-time touchdowns in a season record. He currently has 28, and the record is 36.
Wide receiver Corey Davis has a shot at his first 1,000-yard season. He currently has 835 yards with three games remaining.
Lastly, Derrick Henry has a shot at 2,000 yards. It’s a long shot, but still possible. What happens if Henry is just 100-200 yards shy of 2,000 yards in week 17? Will Vrabel decide to play him more than he needs to?
“I think that there’s a fine line,” Vrabel said, “It’s a good situation to be in, but it’s not the easiest one. … those are things I have to weigh.”
“But, I just think you have to look at the decision, see what’s going on, and understand how excited the players are for Derrick and the offensive line. Also being smart at where he’s at physically.”
In week 17 of 2019, Derrick needed just eight more yards to win the rushing title, and Vrabel gave Henry two carries to get there. It’ll be interesting to see his approach if Henry is just a few yards away from 2,000.
PREPARING FOR THE LIONS
The Tennessee Titans battle the Detroit Lions this Sunday, and their quarterback is dealing with a rib injury. The Titans will need a win to stay atop the division and remain a top-four seed in the AFC.
Matthew Stafford has always been a tough quarterback for the Lions. He started his career with injury issues but has since settled down.
Now, he’s been dealing with injuries all season up until this point and the Titans are unsure if he will be the quarterback under center on Sunday. However, Vrabel said they are preparing as if he will be.
“You always prepare for them to be out there until they are not,” Vrabel said, “If he’s not, we’ll have to see what Chase (Daniel) has and where he’s most comfortable within their offense.”
The Tennessee Titans will be hoping to get a few of their own players back. They could activate Kristian Fulton, and possibly get Adoree Jackson back. It’s probable that Kenny Vaccaro will be back in the lineup. Regardless, a win is important as the Colts are still hot on their trail.
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