There were plenty of reasons the Tennessee Titans didn’t like their Week 1 effort, a 38-13 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
But after hearing Titans head coach Mike Vrabel on Monday, it’s hard to imagine he hates much more than Julio Jones’ pointless roughness penalty early in the game when it was still, you know, a close match.
It was 10-0 in Arizona at the time, and the Titans appeared to face a 3rd and 1 after Derrick Henry ran for 7 yards on the 2nd and 8. But Jones got tangled up with DB Cardinals Byron Murphy , and the flag flew. Jones was guilty.
This made the 3rd and 15th. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw an incomplete pass – and was nearly knocked out. The Titans kicked, and by the start of the second quarter it was 17-zip, Cardinals.
Vrabel could be seen shaking his head as the game was broadcast after the call. He was asked about Jones’ penalty on Monday, and he didn’t hold back in a video posted by ESPN’s Turron Davenport.
“It’s absolutely nothing that we train or teach,” Vrabel said. “So that would fall under the category of nonsense that hurts the team. Right there, in bold type.
Jones’ debut with the Titans did not go as planned. He only caught three passes for 29 yards on six targets.
Jones’ three targets he didn’t catch fell out of his hands. One would have been a spectacular take. But one entered the end zone (with the Titans down three points) and another deflected into the arms of the Cardinals’ Isaiah Simmons for an interception after the Titans led, midway through the third quarter. -time.
If the Titans are going to beat the Seattle Seahawks 1-0 next week, they’ll need a lot less dumb “s ***” from Jones and the rest of the team.