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Mike Vrabel Early Favorite To Land Titans' Head Coaching Job

Mike Vrabel Early Favorite To Land Titans' Head Coaching Job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson couldn't have been more clear Monday in the post-Mike Mularkey firing news conference as he talked about how important it was for the head coach, general manager and ownership to be aligned in vision, philosophy, everything.

Mularkey went 21-22 as the Titans head coach over the past two seasons and led the franchise to its first playoff victory in 14 years. The last four seasons he was with the Houston Texans, including a stint as their defensive coordinator in 2017. And while many expected the Titans to pursue Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in order to further develop quarterback Marcus Mariota, it appears that McDaniels is set to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

As the Texans linebackers coach from 2014-16, Vrabel developed several players into top-notch performers, including Jadaveon Clowney (Pro Bowl, 2016), Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney (2nd team All Pro, 2016) and Brian Cushing. He comes from a strong pedigree in New England and at Ohio State under Urban Meyer.

That's how a coordinator from a 4-12 team wound up as the Titans' head coach just weeks after the season ended.

"I am excited to have Mike Vrabel joining our organization as our new head coach", said Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk said.

The team said they will introduce Vrabel at a time to be announced at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Robinson and Vrabel spent seven years together in New England, from 2002-08, when Vrabel was a player and Robinson was cutting his teeth in the Patriots' scouting department.

"This is an incredible opportunity and one I have been preparing for my entire football life".

Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel watches from the sideline against the Jaguars on December 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. He started as the linebacker coach at Ohio State in 2011 and coached the defensive line from 2012-13.

Vrabel, 42, has never been a head coach at any level. Prior to that, Day coached at Boston College and Temple. Of course, how Vrabel fairs as a head coach in the National Football League with so little coaching experience is anybody's guess.

Vrabel's name was one of the first to emerge as a potential candidate for Tennessee. Under Vrabel, the Texans ranked 20th in total defense and last in total points allowed this past season.

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