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Mike Vrabel strangely says he expects to play two QBs this week, continuing bad stretch for Belichick disciples

Alex Reimer
September 15, 2018 - 10:19 am

It’s been a bad week for Bill Belichick disciples. Bill O’Brien got humiliated in Foxboro and the Lions already seem ready to overthrow Matt Patricia after a 31-point depantsing at the hands of the Jets on “Monday Night Football.” So it only makes sense that another branch from the Belichick tree, ex-Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now finds himself the target of derision. 

The Titans lost to the Dolphins in a seven-hour game Sunday, which surely was a brutal event for all involved. Making matters worse, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota went down with an elbow injury. While he was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, he didn’t attend practice to close out the week. 

When Vrabel was asked about Mariota’ status Friday, he was non-committal. That’s fine and normal in the ridiculous world of the NFL (Eagles head coach Doug Pederson refused to reveal his Week 1 starter, even though everybody knew it would be Nick Foles). But Vrabel raised eyebrows when he said he expects both Mariota and horrible backup Blaine Gabbert to take snaps under center. 


“We are evaluating,” Vrabel said, per the Titans’ team website. “We anticipate both of those guys playing in the game, OK? We are going to have to do a lot of things to win this football game, and I would anticipate both of those guys playing at some point and time.”

It’s hard to imagine how playing Gabbert gets any team closer to winning, and even more difficult to envision how a two-quarterback game plan would operate. But then again, Vrabel’s Titans are taking on O’Brien’s Texans this week.

If the Texans are as sloppy as they were against the Patriots, then maybe the Mariota-Gabbert tandem could lead Tennessee to victory.