It’s now official, the Titans have replaced fired head coach Mike Mularkey and have installed Mike Vrabel to fill the position.
Vrabel is ready to get down to work at Tennessee and couldn’t be more excited. He told the press: “I am excited to get to work and that work starts now,” adding: “We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive.”
So where did Vrabel come from? He spent all of last season at the Texans as defensive coordinator following his promotion as the team’s linebackers coach. Prior to that he coached at Ohio State, he had played in the league for 14 years. Vrabel was also at the Patriots from 2001-2008, and during that stint won three Super Bowls while working for New England as a scout.
Tennessee General Manager Jon Robinson said: “I have always had a great deal of respect for Mike as a player and as a coach,” adding: “I saw him up close as a player for the Patriots and saw how he prepared himself to be successful on a daily basis. He was the ultimate team-first player and he embodies that same mindset as a coach. He is intelligent, energetic, detailed and a leader whose deep passion for this game will resonate with our players. As a coach, I have seen him develop talent at both the college and NFL level, and put players in position for them to be successful. I am excited to get him in front of our team and watch us grow together as a team.”
Some NFL insiders had expected Josh McDaniels to be their main target because of his history with Tennessee General Manager Jon Robinson. McDaniels now looks set to grab the job as head coach at the Colts.
So, with Vrabel in position, what about the development of star QB Marcus Mariota? Well, by all accounts that responsibility will fall the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach that Vrabel chooses to install.