The Tennessee Titans have found their man! The Titans have reached an agreement with Mike Vrabel to become their next head coach. Vrabel, 42, served as the Houston Texans defensive coordinator this season. However, he was clearly ready to take this next step in his young coaching career.
Vrabel spent most of his playing career as a linebacker for the New England Patriots after playing his first three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started his coaching career with the Ohio State Buckeyes shortly after retiring in 2011. He served as a defensive line coach under Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
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In 2014, Vrabel joined the Texans as a linebackers coach and served until the conclusion of the 2016 season. He took over as defensive coordinator for Houston for former coordinator Romeo Crennel. Crennel moved to an assistant head coach position.
Vrabel brings a wealth of defensive knowledge and some promising results to the Tennessee Titans in addition to a reputation as a “leader of men”. Vrabel’s youthful energy will bode well for a young and talented Titans team. Among the other leading candidates interviewed for the position were Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
Vrabel will be formally introduced as the Titans head coach in a press conference on Monday, January 22, 2018, in Nashville. Details about the deal will be updated as they are made public.