The Tennessee Titans have become a playoff contender under head coach Mike Vrabel. Not every player worked out under the former Pro Bowl linebacker. One of them was cornerback Adoree' Jackson.
Jackson told former Pro Bowler Steve Smith on his podcast “Cut To It” (at the 33:20 mark) that he didn't mesh with Vrabel and that only after he gritted his teeth and went along with his coaching style did he start to play well. After playing his rookie season under head coach Mike Mularkey and then under Vrabel, he had to adjust to different coaching styles.
“I really got tested with adversity after my rookie season because everybody on the staff got fired,” Jackson said. “Vrabel got there 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 as that being my first time trying to get used to it.
“We didn’t gel,” the former Titans cornerback continued. “It didn’t mesh right. My play didn’t work and the way he was coaching didn’t work for me. So, my third year, I played a lot better because I got more of a ‘f**k it' mentality, like ‘Alright, it is what it is.'”
Jackson explained how football is more of a mental game and how playing for a coach he didn't get along well with was tough. Although he contributed to two playoff teams with the Titans, he found a new team after his rookie contract expired.
After four seasons with the Titans, Jackson signed with the New York Giants in free agency. Tennessee still has Vrabel at the helm and is looking to avenge its embarrassing playoff loss from last season.