(Foot)Ball is life
Titans GM Jon Robinson literally breaks down and cries when discussing his team's brutal playoff loss
The NFL Scouting Combine, which began on Tuesday in Indianapolis, is supposed to be a time to move forward. A glimpse into the future for 32 NFL franchises. Unfortunately, for Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson, he was asked to reflect on his team's recent past, and things got dark from there.
For those who weren't paying attention, the Titans recent past featured a crushing AFC Divisional Round loss to the eventual AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. The 19-16 defeat was particularly painful because the Titans were the No. 1 seed, and would have hosted the franchise's first-ever AFC Championship Game the following week at Nissan Stadium. Instead, a late Ryan Tannehill interception led to a Bengals game-winning field goal as time expired, abruptly ending a season that included 12 wins and a Coach of the Year award for head coach Mike Vrabel, who helped them to a 4-1 finish after his team lost back-to-back games in late November.
During a media scrum at the combine, Robinson was asked if he had reassessed the 2021-'22 season and if he could have done anything better, or differently. "That's what keeps me up at night," said Robinson, before breaking down and holding back tears.
Holy moly. No jokes here. That straight up hurt to watch. This is a mean that clearly eats, sleeps, drinks and breathes football 24/7/365, so much so that he can't help but get emotional about such a brutal ending to what should have been a memorable season. The ending is the most painful, when he said "you can only imagine what it would have been like" in Nashville for the AFC title game. He's right, the place would have been rocking, but it wasn't meant to be. Sometimes, you run into a team of destiny like the Bengals were.
I'm sorry, I don't know why I posted it again from another angle. Cripes. Do they have a blimp/drone shot of this too? Let the man break down in peace.
The good news for Titans fans is Robinson literally might not sleep until he gets this team to a Super Bowl. Going to be tough to do if Tannehill remains under center, but stranger things have happened. We hear there's a quarterback in Green Bay who might be interested in a new city. Just throwing it out there.