Three-time Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel is now an NFL head coach.
On Saturday evening, the Tennessee Titans announced that Vrabel has been hired as the team’s new head coach after one year as the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans.
Vrabel previously served as a defensive assistant for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
“This is an incredible opportunity and one I have been preparing for my entire football life,” said Vrabel in a statement released by the team.
“I want to thank Amy, Jon and the entire Titans organization for putting their faith in me. 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.”
The 42 year old played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
He will now try to find success as a head coach.
“I am excited to have Mike Vrabel joining our organization as our new head coach,” said Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk said. “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. 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 organizations. 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.”
The Titans are coming off of a 9-7 season where they finished second in the AFC South and earned a berth in the AFC Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.