Mike Vrabel is setting the document straight.
The Titans coach downplayed the seriousness of the skirmish that broke out throughout Thursday’s joint observe with the Patriots, shrugging it off as soccer gamers simply taking part in tough.
“If that’s a fight to you, man you’ve never been in a fight,” Vrabel mentioned, per NFL Media. “We just don’t want any punches thrown.”
NFL Community’s Mike Giardi had described the incident as a “fracas” between cornerback Stephon Gilmore and vast receiver A.J. Brown that ultimately ended with laughs.
– Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 15, 2019
Vrabel mentioned he understands tempers are prone to flare as helmets conflict, however was simply blissful issues did not escalate past shoving.
“I’m going to make sure we do (joint practices) with people that we trust that aren’t sharing information and practice the same way we do, and believe in competing hard and finishing by not throwing punches,” Vrabel mentioned. “I perceive that it is aggressive – they’re professional soccer gamers. We wish them to be actually aggressive.
“Is there going to be pushing and shoving? Yeah, I would figure there would be. But can they play with enough composure to break it up like they do in a game and go back? There’s pushing and shoving in every game, and if you don’t throw a punch they’re going to let you go back into the huddle.”
Vrabel did not share the identical ardour for his reward from former teammate Tom Brady, who gave Vrabel a trophy earlier Thursday to have fun the Titans’ regular-season win over the Patriots final yr.
“I don’t even know where it is right now,” Vrabel mentioned.