The Titans are going to interview Texans DC Mike Vrabel for their head coaching job to replace Mike Mularkey.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 15, 2018
The Titans pulled the plug on Mike Mularkey after offering him an extension the day before. It was Mike Munchak part two, or so it seems.
Josh McDaniels immediately became the hot name for this job. He was linked to the gig before Mularkey was even fired by Ian Rapoport. With this report from John McClain, it does seem like the Titans are going to field a legitimate search, unlike they did when they decided to retain Mike Mularkey after the 2015 season.
Vrabel has climbed the ranks quickly after retiring from the league following the 2010 season. He became the linebackers coach for Ohio State in 2011 before leaving to take the same job with the Texans in 2014. That turned into a defensive coordinator job in January of 2017.
His rapid rise is impressive, but I’d question whether or not he’s spent enough time as an assistant to warrant a head coaching job already. He’s still just seven years removed from the league as a player.
Questions aside, it does seem like Vrabel is in a good spot to land one of these open jobs.