Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new head coach
The Tennessee Titans have hired Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new head coach.
Vrabel, who spent eight seasons with the New England Patriots during a 14-year playing career which saw him win three Super Bowls, had worked on the Texans' coaching staff since 2014 and was promoted to the DC role for the 2017 season.
He now takes up his first head coaching position after the Titans mutually agreed to part ways with Mike Mularkey last week after losing to the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.
"I am excited to have Mike Vrabel joining our organization as our new head coach," Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement after his appointment on Saturday.
"In the interaction between Mike and [general manager] 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.
"Mike has a commanding presence and a deep knowledge for how he will attack this head coaching opportunity.
"Throughout his football career, he has played for, been mentored by and coached with successful teams and organisations. He knows what it takes to reach that level of sustained success - he has seen it first-hand. We have a chance to build on the solid foundation that we established over the past couple of years and I believe Mike is the right person to continue that progress."
Vrabel, 42, said: "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."