The Titans moved to a perfect 5-0 after yesterday’s win over the Texans. You’re likely still catching your breath as we can probably all agree that was one of the more memorable regular season wins in Titans history.
While there are plenty talking points and takeaways from this one, one of the more interesting questions is whether or not Mike Vrabel intentionally took a 12 men on the field penalty late in the game in order to save the Titans roughly 40 seconds. Of course, those 40’ish seconds were incredibly valuable at the end of the fourth quarter. The Titans don’t tie the game (and ultimately win it in overtime) without those 40 seconds.
Here is the sequence. It’s 2nd and 1. Odds of Houston converting either on this down or the next is astronomical. Joseph is confused looking to the sideline and Vrabel is telling him “it’s ok” and then does a sales job to make sure the ref sees it. https://t.co/ZFJzQJC5II pic.twitter.com/EWuOhk5J4U— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) October 18, 2020
As Mike stated above, I too am convinced that Vrabel did this on purpose. The sequence of that clip makes it pretty obvious to me. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen Vrabel pull a trick out of his sleeve in order to manipulate the game clock. We all remember his antics during the victory over New England in the playoffs that sent Bill Belichick into a fiery rage.
Vrabel’s understanding of the NFL rulebook and how to use that to his advantage may be unmatched. Vrabel is one of the best head coaches in the league and the Titans are incredibly lucky to have him.
What are your thoughts? Did Vrabel take this penalty on purpose? Leave your thoughts in the comments.