There’s a controversy in Nashville surrounding the Tennessee Titans and their punter situation, and Mike Vrabel has responded to the criticism.
The Tennessee Titans released punter Ryan Allen this week and have opted to go with Trevor Daniel as their punter moving forward. If you watched the Titans game on Sunday, then you are probably aware of the abysmal performance that Daniel had.
It would make sense if the Titans released Daniel after his Week 10 performance and move forward with Allen, who had a good showing in the one game he played in.
Mike Vrabel has addressed the punting situation between Daniel and Allen. Vrabel’s reasoning didn’t really go into much detail about why the Titans went with Daniel or if there was anything wrong with Allen.
"“One punt is not going to define Trevor. We believe in him,” Vrabel said."
The Titans coaching staff has relied on Daniel’s performance in practice instead of either punter’s in-game performance. If you’ve ever been apart of a team, then you know there are some players that perform well in practice, but can’t perform well in the game. There are also players who perform a lot better in games than they do in practice.
I would assume that would be no different in the NFL. Based on the one game we’ve seen with Daniel as the punter and the one game we’ve seen with Allen as the punter, it seems clear that Allen is the better of the two right now. I don’t think it was a great idea to release Allen all together.
Former Titans punter, Craig Hentrich, also commented on the punting situation. He didn’t offer too much for which punter he thinks would be better for the job, though.
"“Thought Allen did a good job in his game,” Hentrich said. “I know Daniel has a very strong leg! One bad punt shouldn’t define him and he didn’t have a chance on the block!”"
We will see one way or another if the Titans going with Daniel was the right decision. If Daniel recovers and improves and develops into a reliable punter, then I’ll gladly eat my words.