Vrabel jumps to AFC South rival Titans after 4 seasons with Texans

Annette Crawford
January 23, 2018

Yes, Whitney Mercillus got hurt and Brian Cushing got busted for PEDs again, but these are just a handful of players, elite players, but the scheme has to mean something. But no defense could figure out how to properly limit Vrabel.

Technically, he is the 19th head coach hired in franchise history, when you count the Houston Oilers.

Vrabel was a defensive coordinator for one season and one of the worst in the league. "He could be one we would use".

Vrabel is expected to replace both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions. Day has worked frequently under Chip Kelly, Mariota's coach at OR when he won the Heisman Award. It's unclear what McCurley's role will be on the new staff, as McCarthy has not yet officially announced any of the staff changes beyond the departures of Capers, Trgovac, McCurley, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. That's your offensive coordinator, Vrabel?

Original Story: The Tennessee Titans might have found their next head coach.


The Titans confirmed they interviewed the Texans' Mike Vrabel and Carolina's Steve Wilks. They were fourth against the run, 25th against the pass and 17th in scoring defense, after surrendering an average of 22.2 points per game. Washington served as the Panthers defensive line coach for seven seasons. For a team that seems ready to win now, he may not be the best hire, especially with many experienced names [VIDEO] out there. ESPN reports Sunday that Vrabel could tab Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day as Tennessee's offensive coordinator.

LeBeau, 80, has been a coach or player in the National Football League for 59 consecutive seasons. What would DeFillipo do with a guy like Marcus Mariota? The first person that Robinson interviewed was Vrabel whom he knew from when he was with the Patriots personnel department. Though LaFleur did not call plays, he was integral in game planning and installation for the Rams in 2017. Todd Gurley II became an MVP candidate and any bust worries on Jared Goff disappeared. It was tough for me just knowing Coach Day for like a week before I came in, so that was a weird situation for me. Yet, Amy Adams Strunk and general manager Jon Robinson disagreed. "He's a very active and high-energy coach that certainly commands a lot of respect from his players, as he should based on his accomplishments and his preparation and knowledge of the game".

It makes sense on a few levels: Day, a college quarterback at New Hampshire, played there under none other than Chip Kelly, whose success coordinating the New Hampshire offense was parlayed into his shot at OR, where he oversaw Mariota's record-breaking career.

"Vrabel has a great presence, excellent leadership skills, excellent knowledge of the game and I am extremely proud to be partnered with him as we, everyone in this organization, works together as a team toward our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to this great city, this great state and our outstanding fan base", he said.

The #Tennessee Titans have their next head coach. He was successful linebacker for the New England Patriots from 2001-2008. Good luck, Mike. You'll need it.

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