Mike Vrabel speaks on bleeding the clock against Belichick and the Patriots.
Today, Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel joined Dan Hellie on the Hellie Pod. While on the podcast, he had a chance to talk about the remarkable playoff win against the New England Patriots. Finally, we got to hear from Vrabel about bleeding the clock against the Patriots, and how it felt to use Belichick’s tricks against him.
“Stretch did, Stretch was upstairs… He is like my coordinator,” Vrabel said “He’s knowledgeable, very knowledgeable, on the rules situations him and I discuss. He’s like “you got to see Bill (Belichick), Bill’s losing his mind.”
Mike Vrabel caused Bill Belichick to become visibly upset in front of all of America during the wildcard round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs. Vrabel played under Belichick for 8 seasons with the New England Patriots, so using one of his old coach’s tricks against him to seal a playoff game is hilariously ironic.
“I played there for 8 years,” Vrabel said, “it was a really cool experience.”
Just the fact of beating your former coach and mentor in a playoff game would be a memory for a lifetime. But doing it in that fashion, that is a moment that will go down in Tennessee Titans history. Bill Belichick won’t soon forget, that’s one thing you can count on.
Luckily for Belichick, the NFL Competition Committee made sure that no other teams would be able to take advantage of the rule. The new rule change implemented by the Committee “prevents teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.”
Approved 2020 Playing Rules and Bylaws: pic.twitter.com/rChmCB8zUu
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 28, 2020
Last season, the loophole was used only a handful of times. Although it isn’t used much, the rule really doesn’t make sense. It’s probably best that teams can’t take advantage of it anymore. It was fun for the Tennessee Titans while it lasted, though.