The Titans determined to punt, and doubtlessly punted away their Tremendous Bowl hopes.
Within the fourth quarter down 17-13, Mike Vrabel and the Titans opted to punt in Ravens territory, elevating eyebrows and incomes criticism from all corners of the Twittersphere.
On a fourth-and-2 from the Ravens’ 40-yard line with 10:06 left on the sport clock, Vrabel and the Titans opted to punt, giving the ball again to the Ravens with ample time left. The Ravens would drive down the sphere and web a discipline aim, giving them the 20-13 lead. The rating would maintain for the ultimate.
“Simply determined to punt,” Vrabel mentioned in his postgame press convention. “We had been enjoying nicely defensively, thought we’d get a punt contained in the 10 and be capable of play the sphere place recreation. Had a while there that I felt like we may. We held ’em to a discipline aim.”
In fact, these choices are oftentimes painstakingly made and its typically straightforward to second-guess these choices in actual time — however Vrabel’s determination to punt is the primary time it is occurred in over 25 years, per Professional Soccer Reference.
The analytics additionally disagree — vehemently — with Vrabel’s determination in that exact second, resulting in loads of reinforcement for the head-scratching over the choice.
—> BAL (17) @ TEN (13) <—
TEN has 4th & 2 on the BAL 40
Suggestion (VERY STRONG): 👉 Go for it (+7.9 WP)
Precise play: 🏈🦵 B.Kern punts 25 yards to BLT 15, Middle-M.Overton, truthful catch by D.Duvernay. pic.twitter.com/jOnBdWPgVp
— 4th down determination bot (@ben_bot_baldwin) January 10, 2021
In fact, the web would not overlook: Vrabel once was quoted as saying he would lop off his own genitals if it meant a Tremendous Bowl look for the Titans. Clearly, the potential beheading performed into Vrabel’s thoughts, and the adoring public reminded the Titans HC of that.
Mike Vrabel is prepared to chop his penis off to win a Tremendous Bowl however will not go on 4th and a pair of on the Ravens 40.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 10, 2021
The Packers confirmed us all the best way towards the Titans: You cease Derrick Henry, you cease this crew in its tracks.
I nonetheless do not know what Mike Vrabel was doing punting on Baltimore’s 40, although. Perhaps in case you went for it there, you would not have needed to scramble to get well.
— BungledTree (@UrinatingTree) January 10, 2021
is Mike Vrabel’s blood oath to chop his penis off in case of a Titans Tremendous Bowl win nonetheless in impact, as a result of which may clarify the choice to punt
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 10, 2021
I’ve the Ravens right here, I’m past grateful Mike Vrabel simply punted there!!!! What on the planet is that???
— John Jastremski (@john_jastremski) January 10, 2021
Mike Vrabel is gonna get demolished within the media/by followers for that punt determination and he’ll deserve all of the criticism. I am unable to consider something latest within the NFL that comes near how disastrous and cowardly that was. 4th and a pair of on the Baltimore 40, Derrick Henry in your roster.
— Will Warren (@statsbywill) January 10, 2021