Dick LeBeau won't be back with Titans

Cheryl Sanders
January 23, 2018

The Tennessee Titans have hired former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as the team's new head coach.

LeBeau's career as both a Hall of Fame player and coach has spanned 59 years. In college, Vrabel earned back-to-back All-American honors with the Ohio State Buckeyes, being named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

But Mularkey said at his season-ending press conference that he was happy with Mariota's development and anticipated making no changes to his coaching staff. As a coach, I have seen him develop talent at both the college and National Football League level, and put players in position for them to be successful.

Vrabel didn't reveal which coaches might serve on his coaching staff on Monday.

The Giants interviewed five other candidates, including Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia.


"Leader of men", Robinson said of what he wants in a new head coach. Capers, who was sacked after the Packers' Dec. 31 season-ending loss at Detroit, had been Perry's defensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Said controllowing owner Amy Adams Strunk of the hire: "In the interaction between Mike and Jon (Robinson) during the interview, you could see their connection right away from the history they have with one another - seeing the game in a similar way and talking the same language".

"When (Vrabel) came in and talked about how he wanted to build a roster, what his vision was, it was clear to us that he was the guy for this job", Robinson told The (Nashville) Tennessean.

He continued, "We're going to disagree on players, we're going to disagree on things, and at the end of the day somebody has to make a decision and move on. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive".

Mike Vrabel is the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans and while I have my doubts about the hire, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt (he deserves that much - as does any first time head coach).


Vrabel started his coaching career at his alma mater Ohio State before moving on to a linebackers coach role with the Texans in 2014. The Packers' safeties coach, who was passed over for the defensive coordinator position that went to Mike Pettine, interviewed to be safeties coach with the Houston Texans last week.

This a strong Titans locker room, but if the players react like the Texans did to Vrabel then he'll win an important battle as head coach. The unit slipped this season amid injuries to players including J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.

DeFilippo, like Vrabel, has been connected to several head coach openings and offensive coordinator spots this offseason, but with nearly all of the head coach openings filled, an offensive coordinator spot seems more likely for DeFilippo at this point in his career.

Wilfork never played directly under Vrabel.

"He's a very active and high-energy coach that certainly commands a lot of respect from his players, as he should based on his accomplishments and his preparation and knowledge of the game".


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