Mike Vrabel

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Mike Vrabel
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Vrabel during halftime in his first preseason game as head coach in 2018
Tennessee Titans
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1975-08-14) August 14, 1975 (age 43)
Akron, Ohio
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Walsh Jesuit
(Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1997  / Round: 3 / Pick: 91
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:740
Quarterback sacks:57.0
Interceptions:11
Forced fumbles:19
Receptions:10
Touchdowns:10
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:9–7 (.563)
Player stats at PFR

Michael George Vrabel ( /ˈvrbəl/ ; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State University, where he earned consensus All-American honors. He was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, joined the New England Patriots as a free agent in 2001, where he became an All-Pro and a three-time Super Bowl champion, then finished his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Linebacker defensive position in American football

A linebacker is a playing position in American football and Canadian football. Linebackers are members of the defensive team, and line up approximately three to five yards behind the line of scrimmage, behind the defensive linemen, and therefore "back up the line". Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a "two-point stance".

Tennessee Titans National Football League franchise in Nashville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.

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After retiring as a player following the 2010 season, he was the linebackers and defensive line coach at Ohio State for three seasons. His NFL coaching career began in 2014 with the Houston Texans as linebackers coach and then defensive coordinator, before being hired in 2018 as head coach of the Titans.

Houston Texans National Football League franchise in Houston, Texas

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Early years

Vrabel was born in Akron, Ohio. He is a 1993 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School in nearby Cuyahoga Falls, where he was a standout on their football team. [1]

Akron, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Akron is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Summit County. It is located on the western edge of the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Cleveland. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the city proper had a total population of 197,846, making it the 119th-largest city in the United States. The Greater Akron area, covering Summit and Portage counties, had an estimated population of 703,505.

Walsh Jesuit High School

Walsh Jesuit High School is a private, Jesuit high school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1964, the school was funded by a gift from and named after Cornelius and Jane Walsh.

Playing career

College

Vrabel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Ohio State University, where he played defensive end from 1993 to 1996. He compiled twelve quarterback sacks as a sophomore, thirteen as a junior, and forty-eight tackles and nine sacks as a senior. [2] As a senior in 1996, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. Vrabel finished his career at Ohio State by being named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, becoming only the second player to ever win the award twice (Wendell Bryant of Wisconsin being the other). He totaled thirty-six sacks and sixty-six tackles for a loss. [3]

Ohio State University public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a large public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College (Mech). The college began with a focus on training students in various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University". It has since grown into the third-largest university campus in the United States. Along with its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State also operates regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.

Defensive end Defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football

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Quarterback sack

In American football and Canadian football, a sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass, when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage in the "pocket" and his intent is unclear, or when a passer runs out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage due to defensive pressure. This often occurs if the opposing team's defensive line, linebackers or defensive backs are able to apply pass pressure to quickly get past blocking players of the offensive team, or if the quarterback is unable to find a back to hand the ball off to or an available eligible receiver to catch the ball, allowing the defense a longer opportunity to tackle the quarterback.

He was named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000, and in 2012 was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. [4]

The Ohio State Football All-Century Team was chosen in early 2000 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. It was selected to honor the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes football players of the 20th century. No effort was made to distinguish a first team or second team, the organization instead choosing only to select an 80-man roster and a five-man coaching staff.

National Football League

Pittsburgh Steelers

Vrabel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. [5] He spent the first four seasons of his career in Pittsburgh. His most notable play as a Steeler came in his rookie season, when he sacked Drew Bledsoe in the 1997-98 AFC Divisional Playoffs to clinch a 7-6 win for the Steelers. Vrabel had 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 1998, 9 tackles and two sacks in 1999 and 15 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery in 2000.

1997 NFL Draft

The 1997 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 19–20, 1997, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

Drew Bledsoe American football quarterback

Drew McQueen Bledsoe is a former American football quarterback who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England Patriots. He served as New England's starting quarterback from 1993 to 2001 and was considered the face of the Patriots franchise during his eight seasons with the team.

New England Patriots

Vrabel at Super Bowl XLII in 2008 Super Bowl 2008 - XLII with Mike Vrabel (cropped).JPG
Vrabel at Super Bowl XLII in 2008

Vrabel joined the New England Patriots as a free agent for the 2001-2002 season. [6] He played in every game on defense, starting in 12. He would occasionally come in as an eligible receiver, lining up as a tight end. Belichick took advantage of this in 2004 in Super Bowl XXXVIII. In the fourth quarter, Tom Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Vrabel, making Vrabel the first defensive player to score a Super Bowl touchdown on offense since William "Refrigerator" Perry did so for the Chicago Bears against the Patriots in 1986's Super Bowl XX. Vrabel was one of the defensive stars as well; he had two sacks (one forcing a fumble) of Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme.

In Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, Vrabel caught a two-yard touchdown pass despite being held by Philadelphia's Jevon Kearse, a feat pictured on the cover of the 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. The reception made him one of 17 players to catch two or more touchdown passes in Super Bowls.

Vrabel finished with ten career receptions in just 14 targets, all for touchdowns. [6] He caught one in 2002, two in 2004, three in 2005, and two in 2007 in the regular season, and one each in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX, all with the Patriots, and one each in 2009 and 2010 with the Chiefs (thrown by former Patriot Matt Cassel). According to the website Cold Hard Football Facts, no other player in NFL history has a better record of converting receptions to touchdowns. His versatility was good enough for NFL Network to rank him #7 on their Top 10 episode of the Most Versatile Players.

In Week 8 of the 2007 season, Vrabel forced three fumbles, had three sacks, recovered an onside kick, and scored an offensive touchdown against the Washington Redskins, for which he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. In December 2007 he was selected to start at the Pro Bowl; in January 2008 he was named to the NFL All-Pro team for the 2007 season.

On December 26, 2005, on the final Monday Night Football game on ABC, Vrabel became, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the first player—since the official recording of sacks began in 1982—to have two touchdown catches and a sack in the same game. [7]

Though right outside linebacker had been Vrabel's primary position in the Patriots' 3-4 scheme in his first four seasons with New England, in 2005 Vrabel moved to inside linebacker, because of the limited effectiveness of inside backers Monty Beisel and Chad Brown, although he had never before played inside in the NFL. By the time Tedy Bruschi had returned from injury, he and Vrabel were the two men starting inside. Rosevelt Colvin successfully filled Vrabel's old spot, and many cite the change in positions as a major contributor to the Patriots' rebound in the second half of the season. Vrabel moved inside again late in the 2006 season, after Junior Seau broke his arm.

Kansas City Chiefs

On February 27, 2009, the Patriots traded Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs for what was originally announced as an undisclosed draft pick. [8] The following day it was revealed that Patriots traded both Vrabel and Matt Cassel in exchange for the Chiefs' second round pick, the 34th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. [9]

NFL statistics

YearTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GPGSCombTotalAstSacksIntYardsAvgLongTDPDFFFR
1997 PIT 150171431.5000.000021
1998 PIT 1109632.5000.000000
1999 PIT 1005412.0000.000011
2000 PIT 1505321.0000.000001
2001 NE 16126340233.022713.5150700
2002 NE 16138258244.5100.000402
2003 NE 1395237159.52189.0140241
2004 NE 16157154175.5000.000300
2005 NE 161610873354.522311.5241310
2006 NE 16168954354.5300.020131
2007 NE 161577552212.5000.000040
2008 NE 16146240224.0155.050411
2009 KC 1414524392.0000.000521
2010 KC 16164830180.0000.000110
Career20614074051122957.011736.724130199

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Coaching career

Ohio State

Vrabel retired on July 10, 2011 to become the linebackers coach at Ohio State. [11] On December 21, 2011 new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer decided to keep Vrabel on as part of his coaching staff as defensive line coach. [12]

Houston Texans

On January 10, 2014, Vrabel was hired by the Houston Texans as a linebackers coach. [13] In January 2016 news outlets reported that the San Francisco 49ers offered Vrabel their defensive coordinator job; Vrabel declined the offer and remained in Houston. [14] In January 2017 the Texans named Vrabel as their defensive coordinator, moving previous coordinator Romeo Crennel to assistant head coach. [15]

Tennessee Titans

On January 20, 2018, Vrabel was hired as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans on a 5 year deal. [16] [17] On September 16, 2018, Vrabel beat the Houston Texans 20-17 in Week 2 for his first career win as a head coach. [18] On September 30, 2018, he led the Titans to a 26-23 overtime victory over the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 4 upset. [19] On November 11, 2018, Vrabel beat his former longtime coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in a 34-10 Week 10 victory. [20] Vrabel and the Titans narrowly missed the playoffs by one game and finished the 2018 season with a 9-7 record.

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WinsLossesTiesWin %FinishWinsLossesWin %Result
TEN 2018 970.5633rd in AFC South
Total970.563---

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Mike Vrabel has served:

Assistant coaches under Mike Vrabel who became NFL head coaches:

Personal life

Vrabel and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Tyler and Carter. [21] Vrabel founded the "Mike's Second and Seven Foundation" with his former Ohio State teammates Ryan Miller and Luke Fickell to promote literacy in the Ohio area. [22]

In March 2011, Vrabel was arrested and charged with a Class D felony for theft at an Indiana casino. According to reports from Kansas City television station KMBC and ProFootballTalk.com, the incident involved eight bottles of beer at a deli. Vrabel was released after posting a $600 bond. [23]

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