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Mike Vrabel on coaching staff after 0-2 start: 'This isn't all of a sudden a time for wholesale changes'

9/21/2022 11:55:59 AM
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Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel stressed Tuesday that he has no intention of making coaching changes amid outcry from some team observers to fire offensive coordinator Todd Downing, Ben Arthur of the Tennessean reports. 

The offense has scored just three touchdowns in the Titans' 0-2 start, with the run game struggling and the passing attack unable to find consistency. Downing also faced strong criticism last season, when the passing game regressed drastically from the previous season and the red-zone efficiency took a dip. 

Vrabel said firing Downing, or any other coach, is “not something that’s going to happen right now.”

“I have confidence in our staff,”  Vrabel said. “I have confidence in the guys that we put out there. We have to continue to coach and execute better. … I appreciate everybody’s opinion, but I have to make sure that everybody here – players and coaches – are all aligned and I know that they are. That’s how you get things fixed and you win a game.”

“We have to understand who we are and what we believe in and what we’ve had success in in the past. This isn’t all of a sudden a time for wholesale changes,” Vrabel said. “This is about getting back to basics and what we believe in and what we’ve had success in and making sure that everybody sees it the same way that I do. I think we’re going to make sure that we’re doing less better. Instead of trying to do a whole bunch of stuff, we’re going to get back to doing things with fundamentals and technique and trying to make sure everybody understands the basics.”

“No process that we’ve had has been good enough on offense, on defense or special teams,” Vrabel continued. “When you lose, we all could do more. Everybody has to come in here a little bit better with our approach. … Now is not the time for self-preservation. This is the time for rallying around each other, getting with people that you believe in and people that you trust.”

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