June 16, 2024

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is normally a stoic man who doesn’t like to indicate his feelings, particularly in media availabilities. 

Nevertheless, that modified after getting a query from the Tennessean’s sports activities columnist Gentry Estes on Tuesday forward of the group’s ultimate recreation of the season towards the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Estes introduced up Vrabel eager to win on Sunday with a group that’s 5-11 following the Titan’s newest loss to the Houston Texans – a 26-3 blowout on the highway. He was inquisitive about Vrabel’s causes, regardless of no playoff berth in sight, and the veteran head coach gave a stern response. 

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Head coach Mike Vrabel of the Tennessee Titans through the Jaguars recreation at TIAA Financial institution Subject on Jan. 7, 2023, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Mike Carlson/Getty Photographs)

“As a result of it sucks to lose, Gentry,” Vrabel mentioned sternly. 

Estes went to maneuver on with one other query, however Vrabel wasn’t accomplished. 

“It f—ing sucks shedding. Terrible,” he mentioned. “That’s why I need to win. Since you don’t sleep. You need to win for the gamers who bust their tail. That’s it. It’s not about, ‘Hey, we’re going to the offseason on an excellent word.’ No person is aware of what you probably did on Jan. 7, or 8, or 6 in April once we come again.

“However you need to see simply all of it come collectively and simply put 4 quarters collectively.”

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Vrabel began to cool down a bit as he continued explaining why he needed his Titans to finish the season with a victory, including an apology for cursing. 

He merely desires to see aggressive soccer performed, which wasn’t present in Week 17, as he identified. The Texans acquired forward early because of strong play by their offense below rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Tennessee’s personal rookie, Will Levis, struggled. 

Houston ran up the rating, which included a strip sack fumble taken to the home for six factors, and Tennessee couldn’t recuperate. 

Mike Vrabel on sideline v Steelers

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel on the sideline through the Steelers recreation at Acrisure Stadium on Nov. 2, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (Justin Okay. Aller/Getty Photographs)

The Titans personal a minus-70 level differential on the season, which is the worst within the AFC South. 

“You simply put your self in a aggressive scenario, provide you with a method to make a play in a second half to win the sport. That’s what I hope for,” Vrabel mentioned. 

“Tanking” has been a time period thrown round in sports activities for years now, which is a idea saying groups purposefully lose video games to extend their probabilities at the next draft choose, interested by the way forward for the franchise whereas sacrificing the current. 

However any coach or participant round any league in skilled sports activities will let you know they don’t need to participate in tanking as a result of it’s accepting shedding, which isn’t on the agenda ever. 

Mike Vrable talks to reporters in Miami

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel speaks throughout a postgame information convention, Dec. 12, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photograph/Lynne Sladky)

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Vrabel’s Titans definitely received’t have that mindset on Sunday, the place they might play spoiler for the Jaguars, who want a victory to win the AFC South over the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.