Mike Vrabel pauses practice for injury, earns respect from players

AP

Generally when injuries happen in NFL practices, teams will simply move to another part of the field and keep working.

But when safety Jonathan Cyprien went down with a torn ACL this week, the Titans took a break.

According to Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said wanted to respect the fact that a key part of the team had just been injured, so he told his coordinators to gather players on the sidelines while athletic trainers tended to the veteran safety.

That made an impression on his players.

“It just shows you how he feels about Cyp, it just shows you how well respected Cyp is, how irreplaceable Cyp is as a human and a player on this team,” Logan Ryan said of Vrabel’s response. “He brings a lot of energy, a physical attitude. He definitely was the hammer in our secondary. We’ll keep it moving, it’s next man mentality.

“But at the same time you’re talking about someone’s livelihood and you want to make sure that they are feeling OK. Sometimes in football, you want to keep everything moving, move the ball and put it down. But you can’t do that all the time. I think we all got a little struck by that one.”

The fact Vrabel’s just 42 years old and has 14 years of NFL experience gives him an automatic in with players. But the fact he recognizes they are actual human beings rather than replaceable parts could pay dividends for him down the road, as he builds relationships in his first year as a head coach.

18 responses to “Mike Vrabel pauses practice for injury, earns respect from players

  1. Classy of course but hasn’t he put himself in a spot where he has to do this every time a player gets hurt? Otherwise he’ll look like a hypocrite.

  2. classy and smart. he just got all his guys pointed in the same direction and now he has a football team that will follow his lead going forward.
    hoping Cyp has a full recovery and is back next year full force

  3. Hanoi Sentinel says:
    August 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Classy of course but hasn’t he put himself in a spot where he has to do this every time a player gets hurt? Otherwise he’ll look like a hypocrite.
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    Luckily, tearing an ACL isn’t very common during practice. I think they’d be able to tell the difference between a major injury and a minor one. No one is going to expect him to pause practice for every little injury.

  4. Rdog says:
    August 3, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Hanoi Sentinel says:
    August 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Classy of course but hasn’t he put himself in a spot where he has to do this every time a player gets hurt? Otherwise he’ll look like a hypocrite.
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    Luckily, tearing an ACL isn’t very common during practice. I think they’d be able to tell the difference between a major injury and a minor one. No one is going to expect him to pause practice for every little injury.

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    I’m guessing Hanoi meant if say a borderline special teams player tears his ACL, and not one of the stars of the team…

  5. Vrabel seems to be a class act who can be a leader of men. Can’t believe he came from BB’s prison. Bill would’ve cut the guy immediately for getting hurt and moved on like nothing happened.

  6. Vrabel had always been a good guy. But to make it sound like other coaches do not do the same thing is absurd. Not all the time but they certainly do. Vrabel is no more special than any of them.

  7. But they aren’t human beings. They are replaceable parts solely for our entertainment. The only thing fans care about when a player gets injured is that they can’t help the team win. Nobody cares about the player.

  8. Wow, he should be sainted. Let’s over exaggerate everything. Someone got hurt, he let the players get a drink of water while the ambulance came…wow..

  9. ucl412 says:
    But they aren’t human beings. They are replaceable parts solely for our entertainment. The only thing fans care about when a player gets injured is that they can’t help the team win. Nobody cares about the player.
    – – – – – – – – – –
    I referred to the players as “cattle for our amusement” in an earlier post today so I understand your post.

  10. nice guy; awful coach. beyond getting healthy, the texans have not improved much this off season, but i was giddy when i heard vrabel was gone and was the head coach of titans.

  11. All nice and good, but Respect does not win football games — you still need to block, tackle, catch passes and catch/run TDs.

    Okay, give Coach Vrabel a brownie point. Now let’s win some games, m’boyz Marcus (Mariota) and T-wan (Taylor Lewan) and the rest of y’all!

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