Tennessee Titans have taken care of their head coach position faster than expected. Former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel will become the franchise’s 19th coach in history. According to ESPN, Vrabel will get a five-year deal from the Titans. He will replace Mike Mularkey, who parted ways with the team although he managed to bring the Titans to a playoff win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I have always had a great deal of respect for Mike as a player and as a coach,” – said Titans’ GM Jon Robinson. “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.”
Mike Vrabel had a successful professional football career, playing as a defensive end for Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs, and winning three Super Bowls. He started his coaching career immediately after retiring in 2011 as linebackers and defensive end coach at Ohio State. He was hired as linebackers coach for Texans until the end of 2016 season when he got a chance to be the team’s defensive coordinator.
“We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness,” – said Vrabel upon his hiring. “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.“