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[FREE] Mike Vrabel Shouldn't Be on the Hot Seat
Not only is Mike Vrabel not on the hot seat, he even shouldn't be talked about like he is
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Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Tennessee Titans have a problem on their hands.
Well in reality, they have multiple big time problems, but all of them combine to create a bigger issue that the Titans simply can’t overcome right now.
And that issue, is that the Titans simply aren’t a good football team.
Offensive line play has been a mess (again), the passing attack has looked anemic more times than not, defensively there have been problems stopping the run, and there’s been too many leaks in coverage from a secondary that’s talented but full of youth and injuries.
So yeah, not a good football team.
However, the irritation hasn’t stopped there for Titans fans. The situation has gotten so bad, so frustrating, and so stressful, that some fans have called Mike Vrabel’s job security into question.
Obviously when things go wrong, the first thing fans usually do is blame the man in charge. It makes sense, since a head coach is always at the helm of the ship and commands it until he’s no longer able to, or he’s forcefully removed from power.
But the Titans situation isn’t one that requires such a thing. Simply due to the fact that we all knew this current situation had a realistic chance of occurring, with a new coach or not.
Let’s temper expectations
Let’s be real here, we all knew the Titans were going to ride along a path of mediocrity to below average over the course of the 2023 season.
Because the Titans had too many holes and not enough resources to fill them.
Offensive line play was a question and has shown why so far this year, being one of the worst units in the league.
Receiving play was also a question, and like offensive line play, has also shown why so far this year. DeNadre Hopkins has remained as the only credible receiving threat, as young talents Treylon Burks — injuries and non production — and Chig Okonkwo —drops, drops, and more drops — have struggled to make an impact this year.
You get the idea.
You should’ve know what you were getting with this team in 2023, and if you did, you would’ve know the outcome of this season from the very beginning.
So do you still want to throw Vrabel into a sea of fire when this conclusion could’ve been seen from a mile away? If you replied no, then good.
If you replied yes, then let’s talk some more.
Who replaces Vrabel if he’s theoretically fired?
And with that, we get to the second point.
When you tirelessly demand a man’s head of a stick, you need to have a certain plan in place to deal with the aftermath.
This pertains to Vrabel and Titans fans as well.
If you get rid of Vrabel now, who do you even bring in?
It’s not an easy answer right?
Proven successful track records from head coaches aren’t that easy to find, especially ones that can consistently win and put their teams in positions to win.
That’s why talk of moving on from Vrabel just feels premature and downright unnecessary.
Is it fair to criticize Vrabel for his mistakes? Absolutely, in fact you should be doing that regardless of if a team is winning or not.
Is it fair to criticize Vrabel for his handling of certain important situations within the team? Yes, yes it is.
Is it fair to bring up Vrabel’s pitiful 3-13 record over the last 16 games? Yes, since losing that many games is grounds for dismissal in some cases.
But what isn’t fair, is to drown out the logic applied to this unique situation, all to push an agenda that has no substance or merit to it in the first place.
Vrabel’s job should be safe barring some catastrophic meltdown, which isn’t happening any time soon, so it’s best to let this one go.
I think calls for Vrabel’s job have been pretty ridiculous.
When he’s been given a roster ready to compete, he’s delivered more times than not, and when he has the organization has benefited mightily.
However, Vrabel doesn’t have a roster ready to compete right now. He’s dealing with a number of problems on both sides of the ball, all of which can’t be solved unless more talent is injected into the team.
There was a good point made the other day though, in relation to Vrabel. He might be a coach that can handle a team ready to compete, but he might not be a coach that can handle developing a younger team into a team ready to compete.
If that’s the case, then fine, move on from Vrabel. But there’s not enough proof to justify that claim, at least not right now.
Until then though, it’d be wise to cherish the elite coach you have now, since you don’t know how the grass may look on the other side.
In other words, be grateful, at least until it’s time to not be.
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