Head Coach Mike Vrabel


Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020

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(on having a slow start against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers) "Well, clearly I don't think anybody…I don't think you can do that against anybody. The mistakes that we made and the start that we had, just not going to be good enough. And just too inconsistent."

(on what he told Rashaan Evans after that uncharacteristic penalty) "I think that you guys have heard me long enough talk about penalties and that would go under the category of not doing dumb stuff that hurts the team."

(on if the field conditions impacted the defense's ability to cover and tackle tonight) "I think that's…when you have help and you have guys…you just have to understand where the help is and play to the help and be able to tackle and know when you have to close space and all those fundamental things. When the footing and the weather is what it is, the fundamentals are going to be maybe what carries you through. Whether that's on defense or taking care of the football or protecting…a lot of things. None of it was good enough."

(on if he got a look at the run by Jones quick enough so it could have been challenged) "By the time the ball was snapped, that was the first view that we got, as it was coming down. So that was unfortunate. I wish we would have been able to tackle him and set the edge. We had him in the backfield."

(on punting from relatively deep in Packers territory) "Well, I thought we wouldn't kick it into the end zone. I thought that maybe with the way the weather was, that we could get them backed up and execute. I didn't really want to take a chance with where we were with the field goal. And it didn't work out. We had a touchback. It didn't work out."

(on how his decision to punt and not challenge the Jones run fits his fast and aggressive philosophy) "Again, I think that the field conditions, the weather…if we can get a look at it before they snap the ball, we'll do our best to challenge. We just didn't do enough tonight, didn't coach well enough and didn't play well enough." 

(on his team not being able to win games when they don't score 30 or more points, and if he's confident in his defense to make big plays when his offense isn't scoring a lot of points) "I don't think anybody should be confident in anything we did tonight…or coaching."

(on Green Bay running a lot of screen plays on offense) "I don't know how many screens they ran, but they ran some boots. Didn't cover the guy coming back on the boot. Weren't able to play physical enough and stop the run. Kicked the ball out of bounds to start the game. The turnovers. Get a third down stop and have a penalty. None of it was good enough, and we'll have to go back and coach and practice and be ready to go win a game."

(on why they struggled so much offensively in the first half of the game) "Give them credit, but I think we came back a little bit and started to, you know, glance at the end of the first half, was just kind of the idea of how we wanted to play the game. Just a brief glimpse of that, unfortunately. We'll have to do a better job of protecting him [Ryan Tannehill]. I think that's what it comes down to. We'll all have to be better."

(on if the field conditions created issues for Tennessee) "No. Luke had asked about the decision [to punt the ball on fourth down in Green Bay territory] early in the game, and I thought maybe we could pin them back. The field conditions had no bearing on the game, the outcome. They didn't seem to have a problem with it, and it wasn't. I didn't want that answer to be about the footing. It was just, at that point in time, I felt like we could pin them back. I didn't mean to say the field conditions, I meant the weather conditions, were something I was thinking about."

(on looking forward to next week) "I mean, I think that's what you have to do. We try to do that when we win, and you have to do that when you lose. We'll have to prepare better and coach better and play better."

(on if DB Joshua Kalu was offside on the field goal block) "I didn't have a very good angle at it, but we'll have to see."

(on what Green Bay did to shut down Tennessee's wide receivers) "I'll probably have to look at the tape and just see, and kind of see how it goes and how it went, you know."