Via Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – As you can imagine just by looking at him or talking to him for 15 seconds, Mike Vrabel is not a Twitter giant. He’s only 46 years old, but he’s definitely from his alma mater. So the pull of social media doesn’t seem too strong for him.
However, with his Titans on their goodbye week, Vrabel was all at home on Sunday night, and he couldn’t help but take part in what maybe qualifies as a bit of a brawl with the NFL.
It happened after Travis Kelce made a catch in the middle of the game against the Broncos. The ball was quickly thrown out of his control, and officials ruled the match as an incomplete pass. Replay shows that Kelce has verrrry nearly won possession before losing it, so Broncos head coach Vic Fangio challenged the play.
After a review in New York, the call for an incomplete pass field was upheld. The official NFL Twitter account explains that “the third element of a game – timing – is not being met.”
Vrabel found that explanation a bit confusing.
The coach dropped a tweet about that explanation. He didn’t say anything. He just shared a screenshot of the NFL’s rules, which didn’t exactly mention “time” as the only requirement to complete the catch.
– Mike Vrabel (@ CoachVrabel50) December 6, 2021
A debate maybe sure Kelce had time to put the ball away, that seems to be Vrabel’s grip. At the same time, this is a bang-and-bang game, and at live speed, it doesn’t look like anything close to a jumble. So the last call was right, most likely. But with the Titans engaged in a four-way virtual match topping the AFC rankings with the captains, it appears Vrabel is hoping for a different outcome.
By the way, that tweet was his first since Aug. 18. Before that, he tweeted on July 29. He tweeted another time in July, but didn’t tweet in May or June. So apparently, when Vrabel opened that blue bird app, he really meant it.
Fortunately for the crew operating in Kansas City, Vrabel was not present to throw the challenge flag.
Mike Vrabel beat challenger pic.twitter.com/lGEjiDhuAh
– Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 28, 2021
It’s dangerous for him to get his hands on those things.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/06/mike-vrabel-rare-tweet-questioning-nfl-call-potential-travis-kelce-fumble/ Mike Vrabel Sends Rare Tweet Questioning NFL Call About Likely Travis Kelce Fumble – CBS Boston