If you were told right after Mike Mularkey led the Titans to their first playoff win in 14 years - a January 6 thriller at Kansas City that was the NFL's second-largest road playoff comeback ever - that Mike Vrabel would be named the coach in two weeks, how would you have reacted? Per Head Coach Bill O'Brien, Romeo Crennel will take Vrabel's old job as defensive coordinator. He started coaching in 2011 at his alma mater, Ohio State.
Per the team's official statement, controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk saw the chemistry between Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson the moment he walked in the room.
In 2010, Ryan was promoted to wide receivers coach for the Giants.
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That's how a coordinator from a 4-12 team wound up as the Titans' head coach just weeks after the season ended.
Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo is working his way back from a concussion that forced him out of the previous game. The Vikings beat the Saints to advance to Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia. Another backup - defensive tackle Shamar Stephen - was held out for the second consecutive day with knee and ankle injuries. The third-year signal-caller took a step back this season while directing Mularkey's outdated "exotic smashmouth" offense, and seems to be more comfortable in a more wide-open offense. "He was the ultimate team-first player and he embodies that same mindset as a coach".
The 42-year old Vrabel spent 14 years in the National Football League as a linebacker.
If Vrabel does get a head coaching gig at this point, it will have been a steep climb all the way to head coach in a short amount of time. Cable, 53, coached the Raiders for three seasons from 2008-10 and had a record of 17-27. The plan appeared to be to hire a CEO head coach and strong leader to help lead the Titans down the Patriots' path.