Vrabel jumps to AFC South rival Titans after 4 seasons with Texans

Monday, 22 Jan, 2018

Marcus Mariota has a new head coach as the Tennessee Titans announced Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as the team's new head coach, just five days after mike Mularkey was sacked. Per Head Coach Bill O'Brien, Romeo Crennel will take Vrabel's old job as defensive coordinator.

If Vrabel does get a head coaching gig at this point, it will have been a steep climb all the way to head coach in a short amount of time. The well-traveled coach has spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs as their head coach during a almost 50-year coaching career.

In 2010, Ryan was promoted to wide receivers coach for the Giants. Cable, 53, coached the Raiders for three seasons from 2008-10 and had a record of 17-27. The plan appeared to be to hire a CEO head coach and strong leader to help lead the Titans down the Patriots' path.

DeFilippo doesn't have a direct connection to Vrabel, or the Titans, but that shouldn't matter.

The Tennessee Titans have interviewed three candidates in their search for new coach and none have had any National Football League head coaching experience. In 2015, he was Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator.

"Mike has a commanding presence and a deep understanding for how he will attack this head coaching opportunity", Strunk said.

Day is now reportedly considering the offensive coordinator job with the Tennessee Titans, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Day is now the co-offenisve coordinator at Ohio State (Vrabel's alma mater and first coaching gig, though the two never coached together).

In his four seasons as a member of the Houston Texans defensive coaching staff (3 years as linebackers coach, 1 as defensive coordinator), Vrabel played a key role in helping star players Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus reach the peaks of their respective careers.

There's plenty of jealousy directed New England's way in the NFL. Prior to that, Day coached at Boston College and Temple.

If Vrabel is going to take a chance on a young coach, why not consider Zac Taylor? He served as the Cincinnati Bearcats' offensive coordinator in 2016. As a result, the offense struggled mightily last season. Marcus Mariota is as important to the Titans as Deshaun Watson is to the Texans. He joined Pittsburgh's coaching staff in 2007 as one of coach Mike Tomlin's initial hires.