The NFL is investigating the altercation between Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and star wide receiver Julio Jones. Vrabel allegedly called out Jones for “doing dumb s*** that hurts the team.”
The julio jones penalty video is a video that shows Julio Jones getting attacked by his new Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel for doing dumb s*** that hurts the team in their week 1 loss.
Julio Jones probably had thoughts of huge games, big victories, and good times with the Tennessee Titans when he pushed his way out of the Atlanta Falcons this summer. The first game he played in Nashville was far from these things. Jones received a 15-yard penalty in a blowout defeat to the Arizona Cardinals, which his coach, Mike Vrabel, chastised him for the following day in the media.
Needless to say, the veteran actor’s new franchise did not get off to a fantastic start.
Julio Jones, the new Tennessee Titans wide receiver, had a rocky start.
Mike Vrabel and Julio Jones (L-R) | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images; Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Julio Jones with the sixth overall selection in the 2011 draft. The former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons for ten seasons.
Jones reached the playoffs four times during his tenure with the Falcons, culminating in the 2016 Super Bowl, when the New England Patriots stunned Jones and the Falcons by rallying from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit.
Jones was a huge success on an individual level. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams throughout his career. Once in 2015, he led the league in catches, receiving yards twice (in 2015 and 2018), and yards per game three times (2015, 2016, 2018). In his time in Atlanta, he caught 848 passes for 12,925 yards and 60 touchdowns.
Jones wanted out of his decade-long home after a 4-12 season in 2020, and the club moved him (along with a 2023 sixth-round selection) to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a 2022 second and a 2023 fourth-round pick.
Jones, as the reigning AFC South champion, will undoubtedly have high expectations for the squad this season. However, Jones’ first game with his new club did not go well.
The 32-year-old wideout ended with three receptions for 29 yards on six targets. The squad as a whole also struggled, losing 38-13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
A personal foul penalty the receiver received in a first-half altercation with Arizona defensive back Byron Murphy may have been the greatest problem.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel expressed his thoughts on the play the day after the defeat.
In a news conference, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel chastised Julio Jones.
When the Jones penalty occurred, the Cardinals were up 10-0. It occurred after Derrick Henry’s second-down run, which would have resulted in a 3rd-and-1 situation. Instead, it was a 3rd-and-15 situation, and the Titans punted after one play.
From then, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals outscored the Titans 28-13, but who knows what would have occurred if the game had gone to 10-3 or 10-7 on that stalled Tennessee drive.
Mike Vrabel must have had similar sentiments when he took the stage on Monday, because when questioned about the foul, the former NFL linebacker said it like it was:
We don’t coach or teach anything like that. As a result, it would come under the heading of doing stupid things that harm the team. There it was, in big letters.
Julio Jones’ penalty, according to Mike Vrabel
Vrabel’s reaction is unexpected for many reasons. While he’s always been a fiery coach, smashing his own players isn’t something he does often. It’s even more surprising since he did it to a rising celebrity.
It’s even more surprising when you realize who Vrabel worked for throughout his career.
Vrabel highlighted how his approach of teaching players differs from those of his predecessors.
When questioned about Julio Jones’ “major error” with a toughness penalty in the opener, Mike Vrabel makes it plain that he doesn’t say anything to the media that he hasn’t previously told a player: pic.twitter.com/iQChS2zRvc #Titans
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Vrabel was selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Bill Cowher and the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first four years of his career, he was a rotational linebacker in Pittsburgh, before joining the New England Patriots and becoming an All-Pro under Bill Belichick. For his last two seasons, Vrabel accompanied Patriots executive Scott Pioli to Kansas City.
While his last stop was with the unpredictable Todd Haley, Vrabel spent the most of his career with Cowher and Belichick, two coaches who kept their cards close to their chests.
Because he walked them back the following day, the Titans coach may have remembered these two mentors and how they handled things after his remarks. He said to the press:
I’ve never said anything in front of you guys, in front of these cameras, or in front of this microphone that I haven’t already spoken to the players. I really hope not. That has never been my intention. They’ve heard it from me long before I’ve even arrived. It just so happened to be that particular play. The next time, it’ll be someone different.
Mike Vrabel on Julio Jones’s remark
Julio Jones has never been a real diva wide receiver, but he didn’t sign up to be singled out by his new coach and beaten up. This isn’t a big deal right now, but if the defeats start to pile up (as they might against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2), the Jones/Vrabel relationship will be worth watching.
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