Tennessee Titans’ head coach Mike Vrabel held a press conference on Wednesday following a rare Tuesday Night Football victory over the Buffalo Bills. Here are some of the topics that were addressed.
KAMALEI CORREA; POTENTIAL NEXT MAN UP
On Wednesday, Titans outside linebacker Kamalei Correa requested a trade from the team. Correa was reportedly unhappy with his playing time in Tennessee, despite him being placed on the COVID list and there only being four games.
#Titans veteran LB Kamalei Correa has requested a trade after being inactive last night, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Correa has played 39 snaps on defense this season and wants to get an opportunity elsewhere. Team has obliged and will release him if they can’t trade him.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 14, 2020
“We spoke to Kamalei,” Vrabel said, “Told him that he would be released. With how things change, someone may reach out.”
Someone did, in fact, reach out. Tennessee Titans’ AFC South rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars, was interested in Kamalei Correa and got a deal done. It didn’t take long before Correa was sent to Jacksonville in exchange for a 6th round pick.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 14, 2020
With how poor the Titans pass rush has been so far, especially on Tuesday night, the news of losing a rotational piece in Correa might be scary. But, Vrabel knows someone who they might be able to throw out there: Derick Roberson.
“We’ll try to get (Roberson) in there, and work him in. We will see how well-rounded he is.”
Roberson caught Titans fans and coaches attention last season when he was all over the field making plays and getting sacks. He only played in three games, but racked up three sacks and six tackles.
GETTING PLAYERS BACK FROM THE COVID LIST
It seems the light at the end of the tunnel is in view for the Tennessee Titans. After enduring what seemed like an endless attack on their roster by COVID, the COVID list is shrinking for Tennessee.
They’ve activated Isaiah Wilson, Cam Batson, Adam Humphries, Kristian Fulton, DaQuan Jones, Greg Mabin, and Beau Brinkley from the COVID list this week.
Jones and Brinkley returned on Tuesday night in the win against the Bills, but could others return this week versus the Texans?
“We are hopeful that some of those players could return off the COVID list in the next few days,” Vrabel said.
Kristian Fulton and Adam Humphries were both activated on Tuesday afternoon, but were declared inactive for the game.
“That would’ve been a hard ask,” Vrabel said regarding Fulton playing on Tuesday. “We just did what we felt like was best for the team.”
TITANS RED ZONE EFFICIENCY
Every time the Tennessee Titans got into the red zone on Tuesday night, they scored touchdowns. They got into the red zone six times, and scored touchdowns on all six visits.
As impressive as that sounds, it is actually a bit normal for the Titans. They’ve maintained red zone success since Ryan Tannehill took over as quarterback in 2019.
Now, scoring touchdowns EVERY TIME is not normal, but red zone success is. Not only is Tannehill a big reason for that, but so is offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
“I think Arthur does a good job at leading that unit,” Vrabel said, “but I think all of our coaches are involved heavily in what we’re doing to make sure the players understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get out of the play and understand the details.”
Tannehill had four touchdowns in the game, all in the red zone. One was a beautifully designed play to wide receiver A.J. Brown. Two were to Jonnu Smith. And the last one saw Tannehill use his wheels to scurry into the end zone.
The Tennessee Titans were the definition of efficient in the red zone in their 42-16 route over the Bills.
“Guys just made plays,” Vrabel said, “I think it’s a good combination of scheme and guys going out there making plays.”
PREPARING FOR THE TEXANS
When trotting along the journey of becoming a head coach, or anything in life, you may meet people along the way that becomes a mentor.
For Mike Vrabel, Romeo Crennel, the interim head coach of the Houston Texans, was one of the guys that mentored him and molded him into what he is today for the Tennessee Titans.
“When I got to New England I had never started a game in Pittsburgh,” Vrabel said. “So I had this burden of trying to be perfect on each and every play.”
“If I make a mistake I would carry it with me. I remember it was in Atlanta and something happened and he came over and he said you can’t function like that in life or in this game.”
The respect between the two head coaches is immense, and Vrabel is thrilled to have gone from playing for him, coaching with him, and now coaching against him
“He loves football. He loves the players. He brings a calmness,” Vrabel said. “He has the ability to coach players to what they need.”
The 4-0 Tennessee Titans put the NFL on notice by thrashing the undefeated Buffalo Bills on national television. Now, they have a chance to build themselves a nice cushion in AFC South against a Houston Texans team that is struggling to find their way this season.
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