Tennessee Titans name Mike Vrabel next head coach

Lynette Rowe
January 21, 2018

If Vrabel does get a head coaching gig at this point, it will have been a steep climb all the way to head coach in a short amount of time. Vrabel was the Texans' linebackers coach from 2014-16, and was elevated to defensive coordinator for the 2017 season.

Playing 14 years in the NFL, Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Ohio State.

Even more important than Vrabel's outstanding coaching qualities, which are many, might be the shared history and understanding between Robinson and Vrabel, who both spent several formative years under Bill Belichick in New England. Now, they've officially got a new head coach in a rather inexperienced Mike Vrabel.

Teams were trying to lure him away last season to run their defenses, but Vrabel remained.

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After the 2008 season, Vrabel moved on to Kansas City. Just 42 years old Vrabel is one of the youngest head coaches in the National Football League, and a much different voice than recently fired 56-year-old coach Mike Mularkey. LaFleur also has coached for the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.

Less than a week after parting ways with Mike Mularkey, the Titans have hired Mike Vrabel as their next head coach.

The Titans went 9-7 in 2017, and beat the Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card round before losing to the Patriots in the divisional round.

Vrabel beat out Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for the job.

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