NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During Mike Vrabel’s 38 regular-season games as Titans' coach, he’s grown as a guy who controls and manages a game.

In last Sunday’s loss, I was surprised when he burned a timeout with 10:33 on the clock in the third quarter with the Steelers facing a third-and-7 at the Titans’ 12-yard line.

The Titans had only 10 men on the field before stopping the game.

“There was an injury situation,” Vrabel said. “Failure on my part to properly communicate a substitution within the drive. We ran into a substitution issue because of an injury. I have to be better.”

It was an unusual moment, as it's far more frequent in a close game that Vrabel has timeouts at his disposal that he winds up not needing than that he regrets having used one too soon.


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