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Matt LaFleur becomes third coaching candidate to interview with Titans

22 January 2018

The Tennessee Titans have found their new head coach and it comes from the Texans' backyard as defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel was named as the Titans head coach.

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. He won three Super Bowls and was in New England at the same time that Titans general manager John Robinson was in the Patriots' personnel department.

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Vrabel was the first person Tennessee interviewed after firing Mularkey on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

"Once people get a chance to meet him and watch how he carries himself, and how he talks, I think people will really fall in love with that side of him", Herbstreit said. We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. 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. He'll be a player's coach, and players will want to play for him by the way he challenges them. Vrabel is a former Ohio State player and coach. It's been almost a foregone conclusion that Vrabel would become a head coach at some point, but that he is becoming one on the heels of ONE season as a coordinator, and a poor one at that, tells you how much of hiring head coaches is based on reputation and narratives, and it tells you how little some see 2017 as being anything from which you can remotely assess the Texans. He was moved to quarterbacks coach for the 2017 season. The opportunity to take over the Titans was apparently too much. Robinson was clear that he wanted a "leader of men", and believes he has found that in Vrabel. He played with the Patriots from 2001-2008. He joined Pittsburgh's coaching staff in 2007 as one of coach Mike Tomlin's initial hires.

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The Titans finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 9-7 record before edging the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild card round of the playoffs. He was a bright spot in the team's 5-11 season and appeared on his way to a 1,000-yard campaign until quarterback Josh McCown went down with a broken left hand in Week 14.

There's plenty of jealousy directed New England's way in the NFL.

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Matt LaFleur becomes third coaching candidate to interview with Titans