Former Ohio State player and assistant coach Mike Vrabel is getting his shot to be a head coach at the highest level. Vrabel was named the head coach of the Tennessee Titans on Saturday evening.
Tennessee Titans name Mike Vrabel head coach
The new head coach of the Tennessee Titans is Mike Vrabel. #TitanUp
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 20, 2018
Vrabel, 42, was a defensive end with the Buckeyes from 1993-96. He went on to play linebacker in the NFL for 14 seasons and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
Vrabel also got his coaching start in Columbus, Ohio, serving as Ohio State’s linebackers coach in 2011 and the program’s defensive line coach in 2012 and 2013. He’s been on the Houston Texans staff for the last four seasons and was the team’s defensive coordinator in 2017.
“This is an incredible opportunity and one I have been preparing for my entire football life,” Vrabel said in a press release. “I want to thank [owner] Amy [Adams Strunk], [general manager] Jon [Robinson] and the entire Titans organization for putting their faith in me. I am excited to get to work and that work starts now. 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.”
The Titans went 10-8 and reached the AFC divisional round playoffs in the 2017 season under head coach Mike Mularkey.