Mike Vrabel acknowledges Titans’ game-ending penalty was the correct call

NFL: NOV 27 Bengals at Titans
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Titans coach Mike Vrabel isn’t making any excuses for the game-ending penalty called on Tennessee in Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati.

When the Bengals kicked a timeout with just under two minutes to play, Tennessee’s Kevin Strong hit the Bengals’ long snapper, which is a personal foul. The automatic first down sealed the win for the Bengals because the Titans were out of timeouts.

Vrabel said today that his players on the field goal block unit need to know that NFL rules protect the long snapper from getting hit.

“Any time you do that, that’s going to be a penalty,” Vrabel said. “We have to be careful. They’re only looking for certain things. Make sure you don’t cover him up and make sure you don’t have the appearance of hitting him in the head or neck.”

It was a tough call for the Titans, but a correct call under NFL rules, and Vrabel recognizes that the officials called the rule as it’s written.

7 responses to “Mike Vrabel acknowledges Titans’ game-ending penalty was the correct call

  1. They kicked a FG, too. Good game and decent chance teams will meet again (Titans in playoffs for sure due to weak division).

  2. Let’s be honest, when a long snapper is considered defenseless something has gone terribly wrong in the NFL. It was the right call. It’s just a stupid rule.

  3. Yeah, let’s allow 300+ pound men to hammer the tucked head and neck area of the long snapper. The rule is exactly what it should be.

  4. uzuck says:
    November 29, 2022 at 8:32 am
    Yeah, let’s allow 300+ pound men to hammer the tucked head and neck area of the long snapper. The rule is exactly what it should be.
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    You mean like the way it’s been for the past 100 years ?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Has something changed in the past 100 years that has somehow made the long snapper defenseless? Give me a break already. Nobody is suggesting player safety isn’t important. But there’s a line in the sand where absurdity can be entertained. We’re at that point.

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