One of the biggest defense issues the Tennessee Titans had in 2020 during a historically bad season was communication, which was relayed by several players after games throughout the campaign.
While most have blamed the feet of de facto defensive coordinator Shane Bowen, head coach Mike Vrabel believes the players are also responsible, especially when it comes to fixing the problem.
Vrabel said so after the Titans’ OTA open session on Thursday, which is the latest example of the Tennessee head coach trying to deflect the blame from Bowen, whose promotion was rejected by fans after what happened. passed last season.
#Titans‘Vrabel: Says that improving communication rests a lot on the shoulders of the players, that they need to have a deep knowledge of patterns, calls, etc. in order to have a lot of communication.
– John Glennon (@glennonsports) June 3, 2021
In his first press since his promotion, Bowen made it clear that communication is something that has been a big deal during OTAs.
Bowen on the communication problems of the last year: “We are constantly working on it. It was a point of attention for us. #Titans
– Mickey Ryan (@ MickeyRyan1045) June 2, 2021
The good news for Bowen and the Titans is that things couldn’t be worse than last year, so one would assume defense – and communication – should be improved, almost by default.
It won’t be that easy, however. The Titans have several new pieces in defense, including rookies, and it’s just unclear how these pieces will fit together and communicate in their first seasons in Nashville.