Sport Mike Vrabel appeared to take an intentional penalty to stop the clock on Titans’ comeback

18:20  19 october  2020
18:20  19 october  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Sports Mike Vrabel learned plenty from Bill Belichick during his time playing for Bill Belichick. The Titans took a delay of game penalty to milk a full 40 seconds off the clock to 5:29. NFL rules dictate that penalties will stop the clock in the final five minutes of regulation, so the Titans ’ clock

By the time the Titans finally punted, the clock had gone from 6:35 when the Titans initially faced fourth Belichick said after the game that the Titans ’ strategy to use penalties to take time off the clock was Vrabel must have known the Titans would win the game regardless of the approach, so

Titans coach Mike Vrabel showed some quick thinking and a thorough knowledge of the NFL’s timing rules late in Tennessee’s comeback win over Houston on Sunday.

With the Titans trailing 30-29 and Houston having the ball on second-and-1 with 3:28 to play, Vrabel sent safety Josh Kalu onto the field, making him the 12th Titans defender. Video from the TV broadcast shows Titans cornerback Johnathan Joseph questioning whether this was a mistake, and Vrabel seeming to understand what he was doing.

Sure enough, the officials blew the play dead and flagged the Titans for having too many players on the field. That gave the Texans a first down, and stopped the clock.

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The announcers called it an error, but it didn’t appear to be. It appeared that Vrabel knew exactly what he was doing: By giving the Texans the first down on a penalty, Vrabel had stopped the clock without calling timeout. If the Texans had run the ball, there’s a good chance they would have picked up the first down anyway, but the clock would have kept running. Vrabel saved about 40 seconds with the penalty.

Those 40 seconds made a huge difference, as the Titans ended up scoring the game-tying touchdown with four seconds left, and then winning the game in overtime.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Vrabel used the clock rules to his advantage. In the Titans’ playoff win over the Patriots, Vrabel had the Titans take a delay of game penalty, and then follow it with an intentional false start penalty with one second remaining on the play clock, a combination of penalties that allowed the Titans to take one minute and 19 seconds off the clock between snaps while protecting a late lead. That was a move that Vrabel’s former coach, Bill Belichick, had previously used — and that the NFL made impossible with a rules change over the offseason.

Perhaps another rules change is coming after this season, as Vrabel has once again figured out a way to use penalties to manipulate the game clock.

Mike Vrabel appeared to take an intentional penalty to stop the clock on Titans’ comeback originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

Did a brilliant intentional penalty enable the Titans' comeback vs. Texans? .
The Tennessee Titans are still undefeated, and their heroes on Sunday against the Houston Texans were the usual suspects. Ryan Tannehill led a game-saving drive in the last two minutes of regulation. Derrick Henry and his 264 total yards won it in OT. Tennessee was down 30-29 late in the fourth quarter. The Texans were driving, and Deshaun Watson completed a nine-yard pass to Brandin Cooks on first down. The game clock ticked under 3:30, toward the 3-minute mark.That’s when Titans head coach Mike Vrabel sent a 12th defender onto the field. Some of his players looked confused.

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