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Questions around Mariota overshadow a really poor start for Vrabel

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putting the question marks surrounding Mariota aside, i'm not sure enough has been said about how poor a first showing for Vrabel this was.

 

you can't sugarcoat things, this team especially defensively didn't look ready for week 1, the poor defensive communication and horrific tackling put into question how this team were prepared during the offseason.

 

i'm fully on board with Vrabel's use of Sports Science to get the players ready for the season, but there is a difficult balance between being healthy and being ready, with reports out of training camp suggesting there were very few live tackling sessions, there can certainly be questions asked whether there were enough full contact sessions during the offseason.

 

early on our OL and DL looked physically over matched, we will face far better teams in the trenches this year than the Dolphins.

 

turning to the in game management side of things, don't have any issues with going for it on 4th down on the 2nd offensive drive, that being said there was certainly issues with the challenge and burning timeouts.

 

it is only 1 game and injuries certainly didn't help, but Vrabel needs to rally this team quickly, given our tough schedule over the next few weeks things could spiral out of control pretty quickly. 

 

 

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OILERMAN   

It was about as bad as it could have been for a debut. The defense was especially not prepared. 

 

The biggest mistake was having their best offensive player, Dion Lewis,  on the bench way too long. It was clear the plan was to make Henry the main RB. I'm not going to blame Vrabel for this. Go back to win the media kept reporting even if the Titans won the elimination games Mularkey would still be fired. They also reported that Henry would also be the feature RB. That was before a staff was hired and clearly coming from Robinson. 

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FRT   

Couldn't agree more with this thread.  First yr HC and first year OC.  LaF did have O looking way better that Pees D.  Bet they put in a few more hrs in this week.

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The defense tackled a lot better as the game went on which is to be expected. We see it every year in week 1 because starters barely play in the preseason and have limited contact in practice. I was more concerned with the run defense to be honest. Brown and Woodyard were exposed all day long. Evans need to play when healthy. Getting Morgan back is key too.

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FRT   

And it’s never good when your first game as HC and your team allows a KO return.  Everything is starting to add up.

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tgo   
4 hours ago, AussieTitanFan08 said:

putting the question marks surrounding Mariota aside, i'm not sure enough has been said about how poor a first showing for Vrabel this was.

 

you can't sugarcoat things, this team especially defensively didn't look ready for week 1, the poor defensive communication and horrific tackling put into question how this team were prepared during the offseason.

 

i'm fully on board with Vrabel's use of Sports Science to get the players ready for the season, but there is a difficult balance between being healthy and being ready, with reports out of training camp suggesting there were very few live tackling sessions, there can certainly be questions asked whether there were enough full contact sessions during the offseason.

 

early on our OL and DL looked physically over matched, we will face far better teams in the trenches this year than the Dolphins.

 

turning to the in game management side of things, don't have any issues with going for it on 4th down on the 2nd offensive drive, that being said there was certainly issues with the challenge and burning timeouts.

 

it is only 1 game and injuries certainly didn't help, but Vrabel needs to rally this team quickly, given our tough schedule over the next few weeks things could spiral out of control pretty quickly. 

 

 

It'll be interesting to see how he responds when things go deep south as this season progresses. 

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nine   
1 hour ago, FRT said:

And it’s never good when your first game as HC and your team allows a KO return.  Everything is starting to add up.

 

In fairness, this isn't just a Vrabel thing;  it happens across the entire league.   As Pat Kirwan once explained it, statistics show that special teams touchdowns are far more likely to happen in weeks 1-4 as compared to the rest of the season....and there are a couple contributing factors.

 

  • In training camp, teams typically spend far less time working on special teams as compared to offense, defense, and situational football.   The guys on special teams simply don't get as many reps as the other units....and since they get fewer reps,  blown/missed assignments become more likely. 
  • Many of the players who covered kicks/punts in the preseason have been cut;  some of the guys who are out there today only played a handful of reps on ST before the season opener. 
  • Special teams units are primarily comprised of rookies, backups and ST-only players;  they aren't as talented as the team's starters and don't execute with the same consistency.   (Hence, the reason they're backups).   
  • Many of the rookies who play ST were star players in school and college and were never asked to cover kicks....so they come to the NFL with little or no ST experience .   In some cases, you'll have guys covering punts and kicks who have never done it at any point in their life and don't know how the assignments work...they're learning it from the ground up.   Combine this with the fact that these guys don't get many reps in camp.....blown assignments happen.

 

The good news is that these guys become more comfortable and more consistent as they continue getting reps in games and in practice....so things tighten up considerably after the first few weeks of the season and there are far fewer blown assignments.

 

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Omar   

Remember when the worst HC ever had a great first game? Whiz. 

 

I make no assumptions on Vrabel after one game. This team has been crushed by injuries, the lightning delays were brutal, and the refs were terrible. 

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Soxcat   

First of all the assumption was Miami sucked and that was simply not true. 

Basically we played a comparable team but we suffered key injuries in the game. 

The defense certainly didn't shut Miami down but they were not as bad as people make them out to be. 

Mariota's injury obviously contributed to the turnovers.

 

By the way Henry hit a top speed of 21.46 MPH on his run.   If you want to blame someone for the loss start with that bogus call on Walker.

 

 

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patsplat   
2 minutes ago, Soxcat said:

First of all the assumption was Miami sucked and that was simply not true. 

Basically we played a comparable team but we suffered key injuries in the game. 

The defense certainly didn't shut Miami down but they were not as bad as people make them out to be. 

Mariota's injury obviously contributed to the turnovers.

 

By the way Henry hit a top speed of 21.46 MPH on his run.   If you want to blame someone for the loss start with that bogus call on Walker.

Told ya'll Miami had a pass rush and a QB

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