clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

What does Mike Vrabel do well as a head coach?

Can we have a discussion?

Tennessee Titans v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

What does Mike Vrabel do well as a head coach? I posed this question on Twitter Sunday night and got a variety of answers. As with everything online these days, most people are polarized. There are people that think Mike Vrabel is the best coach in the league and can do no wrong. There are also people that think he can do nothing right and should be fired immediately.

One thing is for sure, the biggest problem this team has is personnel - specifically on the offensive line. They are so bad that it makes judging just about anyone else involved with the offense impossible.

As I talked about on this morning’s Home Run Throwback podcast (listen here), I am firmly on the fence when it comes to Vrabel. There are plenty of things that I can point to that Vrabel has done well, and there are also plenty of things that I can point to where his decision making wasn’t good. That is going to be the case with pretty much every head coach in the league.

Our friend Justin Melo had a good response to my question:

All 6 of those things were true at one point in time, but I’m not sure they are anymore. How can you tell this team is prepared? Vrabel talks every week in his postgame presser about all of the “x plays” they gave up in the game. Is that a lack of preparation or a lack of execution? It’s hard to tell from the outside.

Do they still play hard for him? The team didn’t look like they were playing with a ton of energy on Sunday, and it wasn’t the first time:

As for Melo’s numbers 3, 4, and 5, what do they matter if the team isn’t winning on the field? I’d argue they don’t matter even a little bit.

And number 6, the example he gives happened before the pandemic happened. Vrabel did a great job of using his knowledge of the rule book to his advantage that night, but what has he done to show that off since?

To be fair to Vrabel, I do agree with Melo’s last statement that no coach is winning with this roster.

Again, I’m not saying I want Vrabel fired, but I do think some of the narratives around him as a coach need to be updated.

With all of that being said, if the New England Patriots really do want to send the Tennessee Titans a couple of first round picks for Vrabel this offseason, Amy Adams Strunk should hear them out.