Titans HC Mike Vrabel Not Focused on Playoff Scenarios, But Hey, Where's That NFL Email?


NASHVILLE – The National Football League released its playoff scenarios for Week 15 on Wednesday, and it includes a playoff-clinching scenario for the Titans.

Titans Coach Mike Vrabel didn't get the memo.

"Does the NFL put that out? Does the league put those out? I haven't seen that in my emails from the league," Vrabel said on a Zoom call with reporters on Wednesday morning. "I haven't seen that. The league office sends that out?"

When told yes, the league does in fact send out the weekly scenarios each week during the latter part of the season, Vrabel offered a smile and a one-liner during a light-hearted moment, before sharing his thoughts on his team's mindset.

Chances are, Vrabel would delete the email if it popped in his inbox.

The head coach, of course, is focused on getting the Titans ready to play the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"Man, I've got to get on that email," Vrabel said smiling. "They don't send them to the head coaches?"

"We played in a play-in game in 2018, that we didn't win," Vrabel continued. "We played in a play-in game last year that we did win, and we got some help. So, I think we are pretty familiar with how these things come down to each and every week, and how important every week is. I was very comfortable with where our focus was this morning, being on the Lions and trying to learn their personnel, and the players that they have. So, every week is going to be so critical in determining the eventual outcome."

The Titans are currently 9-4, and in the AFC South lead with three games to play, and that includes Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium.

Here's the snippet involving the Titans from the NFL's email on '2020 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 15':

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-4) vs. Detroit (5-8), Sunday, Noon CST, CBS)

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

TEN win + BAL loss OR

TEN win + LV loss or tie + MIA loss + CLE win or tie OR

TEN win + LV loss

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill and center Ben Jones said the team is focusing on its own business down the stretch.

"We just have to control what is on front of us, and that is finding a way to end this week 1 and 0," Tannehill said. "You start looking around and worrying about things that are out of (your) control, or things that don't really even matter to this team, you are wasting time, you are wasting energy and you are not focused on the things you need to focus (on).

"So, our thought process is to stay focused on the task at hand, and that's finding a way to beat Detroit."

Added Jones: "You can only control what you are doing here. Our mindset is to come out and take it one week at a time, and all we are focusing on this week is the Lions."

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