Matt LaFleur becomes third coaching candidate to interview with Titans

The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey.

This video filmed by the Texans during Vrabel's second year as linebackers coach and a tweet from one of his former players might give you an idea of who his players think he is.

It wasn't common for announcers, fellow teammates and coaches to call Mike Vrabel a "leader" or "general" on the field whenever he was an active linebacker for the New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs. Tennessee is looking to replace Mike Mularkey, who was sacked Monday after he went 21- 22 and won the franchise's first playoff game in 14 years.

George went on to say, "I'm happy for Mike Vrabel". Or we'll look back and wonder what controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and Robinson were thinking when they replaced a coach who went 19-15 in the past two seasons with a team that was 5-27 in 2014-15. The Titans will hold a formal press conference on Monday to introduce Vrabel.

"He was still really involved with the defense this past year", O'Brien said of the 70-year-old Crennel. He retired after the 2010 season and immediately took a job as the linebacker coach at Ohio State, his alma mater. Three of those teams, Indianapolis, New York and Detroit are rumored to have their sights set on assistant coaches still in the playoffs. There were early reports that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels coveted the vacancy in Tennessee. Vrabel has worked with a wide array of talent in Houston and quickly built up a name as a rock solid coach.

The Titans became the seventh National Football League team to change coaches since the start of the season, and now they are the third to hire their replacement, joining Oakland and Chicago.

Changes to coaching staffs occur with every team every offseason.

Vrabel takes over a team that has finished 9-7 the past two seasons and made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs this season.

George told me Saturday evening he always viewed Vrabel as destined to be a head coach or strength coach because he is not afraid to challenge anyone.


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