Former Titans first-round pick Adoree’ Jackson says Mike Vrabel’s coaching style ‘didn’t work for me’

Mike Vrabel of the Tennessee Titans is one of the most interesting head coaches in the NFL. The legendary New England Patriots linebacker always likes to carry pads and get physical with his linemen during practice drills, and he’s not afraid to walk away from the podium if he doesn’t like it. not a journalist’s question. He marches to the beat of his own drum, and it works.

Vrabel was named the 2021 AP Coach of the Year after helping the Titans secure the AFC No.1 seed without star running back Derrick Henry, and while playing with a record number of different players due to injuries. He is loved by many, but not by all.

Former Titans first-round pick and current New York Giants cornerback Adoree’ Jackson recently appeared on Steve Smith’s “Cut To It” podcast and revisited his relationship with his former head coach. Jackson saw Vrabel hired as his new main man in his second season in the NFL, and he wasn’t exactly a fan of his coaching style.

“I was really tested in adversity after my rookie season because all the staff were let go,” Jackson said, via The Tennessian. “… Vrabel arrived and at the end of the day I had to get used to him and what he wanted. The type of player he wanted and the style he wanted because he was my first time trying to get used to it. We didn’t gel. It didn’t work well. My game didn’t work and the way it coached didn’t work for me .

Jackson wasn’t looking to hit Vrabel and called him a “smart as hell” good coach. The USC product ended up being a casualty last offseason and signed a three-year contract with the Giants. In 13 games played last year, he recorded 62 combined tackles, eight passes defended and one interception.

Interestingly enough, Jackson and the Giants open the 2022 season against the Titans on September 11. Although he doesn’t feel like a part of Vrabel’s team, Jackson said he learned life lessons from his time in Nashville.

“I’m glad I got through that,” Jackson said. “…The thing he taught us the most was about second chances. He was like, ‘Man, a lot of people don’t get second chances. If you have any, be sure to make the most of them. I say that all the time now.

“At the end of the day, even though we didn’t mix as a player and a coach, as people, I can resonate with some of the things he was saying. At the end of the day, I can never criticize him or say something bad.”