Mike Vrabel on Julio Jones' penalty in Tennessee Titans debut: 'The category of doing dumb (expletive)'

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel on Monday called Julio Jones' unnecessary roughness penalty in the first quarter of Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals a "critical mistake."

Jones was penalized on the Titans' third drive of the game. After a three and out and a sack fumble for a turnover on its first two series, Tennessee was set to have a 3rd and 1 at its own 34 after a seven-yard run by Derrick Henry. But Jones on the play got tangled up with Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. and was hit with a flag.  

The 3rd & 1 became a 3rd & 16. The Titans punted after the next play.

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"That's absolutely nothing that we coach or teach," Vrabel said of Jones' penalty. "So that would fall into the category of doing dumb (expletive) that hurts the team. Right there in bold letters."

Jones had just three catches on six targets for 29 yards in his Titans debut. His first target didn't come until the midway point of the second quarter. 

Vrabel said Sunday that Jones has to do a better job of taking advantage of his opportunities.

"He dropped some passes," Vrabel said of Jones. "Those are contested catches, but those are the ones that we have to come up with."

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.