Jadeveon Clowney’s versatility should thrill Titans, even if Mike Vrabel won’t admit it

By John Glennon

Mike Vrabel is not only an NFL head coach but a product of the Bill Belichick system, so if we expected him to jump on board the Jadeveon Clowney hype train Monday – in his first public comments since Clowney arrived – we should have known better.

He meant no disrespect to Clowney, I'm sure, but Vrabel was hardly going to spend 20 minutes extolling the talents of one player on a 53-man roster, especially when that one player didn't spend a single moment sweating through training camp with his new teammates.

So in full wet-blanket, downplay mode, Vrabel delivered a few beauties during his Zoom with media:

  • Asked about his excitement level over adding Clowney, Vrabel said “I'm always excited to coach players that put a lot into it, and play hard, and are engaged, and are good teammates. I love coaching football, I love coaching guys and I'm glad we're back at work today and we'll be on the field.”
  • Asked what Clowney's versatility would bring to the Titans' defense, Vrabel reminded us that “he hasn't even looked at our playbook yet.”
  • And asked about the feasibility of Clowney playing in Monday's season opener in Denver, Vrabel said, “We'll have 53 players on the active roster . . .

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    Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: