Vrabel Says No Issue With Harbaugh After Apparent Postgame No Handshake
By Jason Hall
November 23, 2020
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel downplayed any possible rift between himself and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh after Harbaugh appeared to have waved off a postgame handshake between the two on Sunday.
"Absolutely not," Vrabel responded when asked if he refused to shake Harbaugh's hand, via Joe Rexrode of TheAthletic.com (subscription needed). The Titans coach added that he has a "lot of respect for John" [Harbaugh] and told him there was no issue carrying over from an incident during pregame.
The two coaches shared words after Harbaugh took issue with several Titans players hyping themselves up on top of the Ravens' logo on the 50-yard-line of Baltimore's home stadium.
Harbaugh was seen going "nose-to-nose" with Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler after the pregame incident, which then led to Harbaugh and Vrabel "having an animated conversation," Jeff Zrebiec of TheAthletic.com reports.
Harbaugh said the situation was "irrelevant" and there was no issue when asked to discuss it after the game, Zrebiec reports.
The Titans rallied back from a 21-10 third quarter deficit to take a 24-21 lead in the fourth quarter before Baltimore's Justin Tucker connected on a 29-yard field goal to force overtime.
Titans running back Derrick Henry scored on a 29-yard touchdown to give Tennessee a 30-24 victory to remain tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South.
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