Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel interviewed for the Tennessee Titans head coaching job today.
Mike Vrabel has been rising quickly through the coaching ranks. He retired as a player in 2010, after an impressive 14-year career.
Vrabel spent most of his time with the New England Patriots. The 2007 Pro Bowler won three Super Bowls during his time under Bill Belichick.
He was drafted out of Ohio State in the third round with the 91st overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Vrabel played in Pittsburgh until 2000, when he signed with New England.
After the 2008 season, Vrabel moved on to Kansas City. He was a Chief for the final two years of his career.
Since, he has built an impressive coaching resume. Vrabel can call Belichick, perhaps the greatest head coach ever, as well as Bill Cowher, Urban Meyer, and Bill O'Brien as mentors.
In 2011, Vrabel returned to his alma mater to coach linebackers. After that season, he moved over to coach the defensive line.
Since 2014, he has been with the Houston Texans, and spent this season as defensive coordinator. Now, he is interviewing to be head coach of the Tennessee Titans at just 42 years old, with seven years of coaching under his belt.
The Titans write-up about Vrabel as a candidate discusses his Belichick experience a lot. Here is what the team has on file for him:
Why he’d be a good fit:
Titans general manager Jon Robinson said earlier this week he’s looking for a “leader of men,” and Vrabel has a great reputation because of his leadership qualities. From his playing days in the NFL to his time as an assistant coach, those around him have raved about his presence, and how others respond to him.
Vrabel is a tough-minded coach. He’s intense, and he expects the same from his players.
Vrabel learned from one of the best in the game while playing for Belichick in New England for eight seasons. In addition to Cowher and Belichick, he also worked under Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, and Houston head coach Bill O’Brien.
According to ProFootballTalk, the Titans have at least two more targets for interviews. Expect to see Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to get looks in the coming days.