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Tennessee Titans Coach Mike Vrabel's Quote About College Football Is Going Viral

A Tennessee Titans helmet sitting on the field.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 22: A player rests on a Tennessee Titans helmet before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mike Vrabel is already giving memorable quotes as an NFL head coach.

The Tennessee Titans held a press conference today to introduce new head coach Mike Vrabel. Vrabel comes over to the Titans from the Houston Texans, where he served as defensive coordinator.

During his presser, Vrabel was asked how much college schemes will factor into what he tries to do in Tennessee. Vrabel coached at his alma mater Ohio State from 2011-13 and we're seeing increased blending of college offensive concepts (spread offenses, run-pass options, etc.) with the traditional NFL game.

Vrabel's answer to that question has gone viral. Not really because he said anything major schematically, but because of what he said about the NCAA.

"The NFL has the greatest farm system in the world," Vrabel said. "We pay those coaches $10 million to be our farm system. Nick Saban is our farm system. Urban Meyer is our farm system."

Now, Vrabel has a point. We (meaning the NFL) don't pay college coaches like a true farm system, but the leaders at that level are the ones responsible for developing players into pros.

But where Vrabel's quote makes a more interesting point is when you apply it to the NCAA's system of amateurism. College coaches are well-compensated, while college athletes are unable to make money while they play.

A scholarship, free room and board and the perks that go with being a Division I athlete are not to be discounted, but the athletes aren't the ones profiting from the big business of college football.

Those who advocate paying players have latched onto Vrabel's words as further evidence for their argument, even if that's not what the coach intended when he spoke.

Personally, the NCAA could make major progress on this issue if it just let players profit off their likeness while they are in college. But that is a discussion t for another time.