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The NFL tapped Titans coach Mike Vrabel to narrate
29-12-2018, 03:17
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The NFL tapped Titans coach Mike Vrabel to narrate
a video detailing the new rule on lowering the head to initiate contact Youth Vita Vea Jersey , hoping the man who played 14 years as a linebacker in the league could more easily explain how players should adapt.Now Vrabel's own Titans (0-2) find themselves tied with defending champion Philadelphia for the most lowering-the-head penalties through two preseason games with five apiece. Tennessee was flagged three times for the new rule in an opening loss in Green Bay , and the Titans added two more in Saturday night's 30-14 loss to Tampa Bay .Getting it right matters because any player initiating contact with his helmet could be ejected after an in-game video review decided in New York.So far this preseason, blame either the player making contact, the speed of the game or everyone still getting used to the new rule."Pretty much all those are going to fall into one of those categories," Vrabel said Sunday.Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro drew one penalty for running across the field to tackle Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans at the end of a 38-yard reception on the sideline. Wide receiver Nick Williams was flagged late in the third quarter while on punt coverage, costing the Titans 15 yards.Vrabel said Vaccaro has to do a better job avoiding contact with the crown of his helmet while trying to break up the pass. The coach wasn't sure if Williams made contact, but noted the receiver's head was in the linear position the NFL is trying to eliminate from the game. The Titans will turn those plays into the league for an explanation.The coach said he already showed his team an eight-minute video from the NFL of penalties in the first week of the preseason."We'll keep doing that and we'll keep coaching it and we'll keep stressing it, and hopefully it doesn't, one, lead to injuries, or two, cost us yards," Vrabel said.Even though the rule is new, six NFL teams that have played two preseason games have not been flagged even once for lowering the head to initiate contact. Indianapolis, who plays Baltimore on Monday night, was not flagged in its preseason opener. Behind the Titans and Eagles, five teams have been penalized under the rule three times apiece: Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, the Rams and San Francisco.Chicago has three such penalties through three exhibitions.The Titans have been penalized 25 times for 258 yards through two games.Asked if officials might be a bit overzealous enforcing the rule during the preseason before hopefully scaling back in the regular season White DeSean Jackson Jersey , Vrabel said he wasn't really sure."I try to do my job. They ask me to provide a video, a voiceover video , on what I thought was the right way to play outside linebacker or inside linebacker taking these blocks on, tackling. I thought I tried to go through and provide examples of what was good and what was probably needed to be fixed and changed in some of the style of play," Vrabel said."But they don't tell me, 'Hey, coach, this is going to get scaled back in the regular season.' I think these guys are doing what their boss, and the league, is just telling them to do. So if they see that position and they see contact, they're calling it."That leaves Vrabel and his assistants coaching the Titans better to adjust how they play.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalkerBuccaneers vs Saints: Five Bold Predictions Fresh off their season-ending victory against the Saints on New Year’s Eve 2017, the Bucs are looking to silence the doubters/critics in Week 1 by notching consecutive victories over their division rival for the first time since 2011. Tampa Bay is 2-0 in season openers under Dirk Koetter, with one win coming on the road against the Falcons in 2016 and a win against the Bears in Tampa Bay last season. Can Koetter and the Bucs make it 3-0? It’s going to be tough without Jameis Winston, but fortunately the Bucs have talent at just about every position. A Bucs’ win in week one this year would be a bold prediction as they are (+9.5) underdogs to the Saints. But hey, what’s football without some bold predictions?Alex Salvarezza and I will put our reputations on the line every week with five bold predictions for the upcoming game. These are rooted mainly in optimism and delusion with a slight chance of coming true. Without further delay, let’s dive in. 1. Drew Brees throws for less than 250 yards (Evan)Since defensive coordinator Mike Smith joined the Bucs in 2015, Tampa Bay is 3-3 against New Orleans; however, Brees has done his thing just about every game to the tune of 271 passing yards per game with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. While it may not be vintage Brees - it’sa lot more than most NFL teams have at quarterback.If the defense comes out and looks like the 2017 unit, then the Bucs are in immediate trouble. Drew Brees will face off against the Bucs for the 25th time in his careerKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsBut with a reloaded defense, all bets are off this week as the Bucs look to win their second divisional season-opener in three years. I have little to no confidence in Smith White Bryan Anger Jersey , but I do believe that with an entire offseason to shape a game plan, he should have plenty to throw at Brees on Sunday. Look for Smith and co. to fight off their demons and get the job done on Sunday. 2. Alvin Kamara records less than 100 total yards (Evan)I know, this sounds absolutely insane. Kamara torched the Bucs last season with 31 touches for 280 yards and three touchdowns - and those numbers don’t even include his 106-yard kickoff return on New Year’s Eve.No matter how you cut it Kamara is a stud. It still remains to be seen how he fares without his running mate in Mark Ingram, who is suspended for the first four games because of a PED violation. The suspension will be enough of a difference for the Bucs to come up with an effective game plan to stop Kamara. The Saints have rookie Boston Scott and newly-signed Mike Gillislee backing him up. That’s not going to scare many teams at all. The Bucs should be able to load up the box and prevent Kamara from becoming an effective runner and they have the linebackers to match up with him when he is targeted in the passing game. Not one team could slow Kamara down in 2017, but the Bucs will be the first to do so in 2018. 3. DeSean Jackson leads the team in receiving (Alex)Crazy, right? With all the weapons the Buccaneers have on offense, it really is hard to predict each week who will lead in receiving, but not many people would pencil in Jackson for week one. There are a few reasons why I think this may be a real possibility. Mike Evans will be going up against Marshon Lattimore the reigning DROY, and Lattimore handled Evans very well last season. The chemistry between Jackson and Fitzpatrick has looked sharp all summer long. Finally, Jackson will have many new plays designed for him out of the slot that the defense hasn’t seen before. I predict a big game for Jackson. 8 catches, 125 yards, and a 60 yard touchdown. 4. Gerald McCoy gets two week one sacks (Alex)McCoy has only one sack in his last five games against the New Orleans Saints, and hasn’t recorded one against them since 2015. That changes this week. McCoy, finally has quality help along the defensive line, which should create some one on one match-ups. Throw in a very good preseason and all signs point to McCoy as ready to eat. McCoy will take advantage of his new help SundayDouglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsIt won’t be easy as he will be going up against Max Unger, but McCoy seems to be on a mission this year and I think he starts off the season with a huge statement. He wants to go to the playoffs and will do everything in his power to get the team their this season. 5. The Bucs win the game (Evan)Almost double-digit underdogs, if the Bucs win that will be enough of a surprise on its own.Tampa Bay has seen season prognostications as low as 2-14 to as high as 11-5. The team has a bullseye on its back when it comes to perception from fans and most of the media due to Winston’s current situation. Add in a paper-thin defense and no running game from a season ago and you can’t blame the doubters for their perception of the team. But Dirk Koetter has shown during his tenure that he will have his team prepped for a huge divisional game for the first week of the season and I think the Bucs start 1-0 after Week 1 for the third straight year.
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