Mike Vrabel announced in his post-practice press conference that the Titans have hired James Wilhoit as a coach. When asked what his title was, Vrabel told reporters to “check the website.” As of this writing he is not on the website. We will stay on top of any developments on that front.
This is a great move by the Titans. They have been horrible at the kicking position for the last three years:
The three kickers that combined to go 8 of 18 (44.4%) for the Titans last year (Succop, Santos, and Parkey) are how a combined 29 of 34 (85.3%) in 2020.— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) October 27, 2020
Meanwhile, Gostkowski, who hadn’t had a season below 82.9% in a decade, sits at 62.5% (10 of 16). pic.twitter.com/OoApOlGhqM
Wilhoit responded to that tweet last year:
Succop & Santos now have kicking coaches on their new teams. Why do the Titans not have someone who is solely focused on assisting the kickers?? https://t.co/jDVENvIpOp— JamesWilhoit (@JamesWilhoit) October 29, 2020
(h/t to Paul Kuharsky for pulling those tweets)
This line of questioning started when someone asked why there were no kicks in practice today. Vrabel said it was to give those guys a break. They could go ahead and give those guys a big break, by releasing them and bringing in Stephen Gostkowski to kick. I still don’t understand why they haven’t done that yet.
You can listen to more about the kicker struggles in today’s Homerun Throwback Daily here.