Mike Vrabel’s Titans didn’t play during Week 13 – but that doesn’t mean the head coach took a week off from criticizing NFL officials.
During the Chiefs’ win over the Broncos on “Sunday Night Football,” Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce appeared to fumble the ball after making a catch in the second quarter, with video showing him taking three steps between securing the ball and when Broncos’ CB Kyle Fuller punched it out. However, the play was called incomplete – with NFL Officiating saying on Twitter that Kelce “did not fully complete the process of a catch, because the third element of a catch – time – was not met.”
It wasn’t enough for Vrabel, however – who posted a screenshot from the official NFL rulebook, which stated that tucking the ball away was a substitute for the time portion. Kelce appeared to do so just as the ball was punched out.
Vrabel has a clear rooting interest here – his Titans are competing with the Chiefs for playoff seeding as fellow division leaders. Tennessee defeated the Chiefs 27-3 in Week 7, giving them the tiebreaker.
Both teams sit at 8-4 after Week 13, with the Titans in the two-seed and the Chiefs in the four.
The Titans return to action against the bottom-feeding Jaguars in Week 14. Kansas City will take on the Raiders.