It’s not often that NFL coaches get involved with pre-game trash talk. But on Sunday, even head coaches John Harbaugh and Mike Vrabel were involved with an early, scuffle between Baltimore and Tennessee.
Check out the video here of the (mild) altercation:
It’s unclear, exactly, what started the fight. The Titans players gathered at midfield and stood on the Ravens logo. That’s probably a slight. Baltimore coaches were nearby.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh was nearby. He didn’t take the insult well. An animated Harbaugh yelled at Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler, a known, fun-loving trash talker. It’s usually a requirement for a defensive back.
One of Harbaugh’s assistants gave his boss a light tap to get the heck back. Head coaches don’t usually lose their cool before kickoff. After the game starts is another story.
NFL Coaches Don’t Normally Lose Cool in Pre-Game, But John Harbaugh and Mike Vrabel Did
But then Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel for involved.
Mike Garafolo, a reporter with the NFL Network, tweeted: “Uh oh. Midfield logo drama here at M&T Bank Stadium. The #Titans came out and went right to midfield on the logo. John Harbaugh came all the way out and took offense. Mike Vrabel and Harbaugh then had a spirited chat. Throw the records out!!!”
Reports from the field said officials had to separate Harbaugh and Vrabel.
Jeff Zrebiec, who covers Baltimore for The Athletic, tweeted: “Ravens players weren’t on the field yet when Titans met at midfield logo. Ravens coaches were out there and Harbaugh started walking toward Butler as the two exchanged words. They were ultimately separated but then Vrabel came out. Refs were between Vrabel and Harbaugh.”
Why Are The Ravens So Mad? Probably Because of Last Year’s Playoff Loss
The Ravens big-time remember what happened the last time Tennessee hit town. Baltimore, with league MVP Lamar Jackson, was the favorite.
Instead, the Titans used a physical running attack with tailback Derrick Henry and crushed Baltimore’s spirit.
Henry rushed for 195 yards, even though Baltimore’s offense stacked the defensive line to stop the big back. It didn’t work.
The Titans won, 28-12.