Tennessee Titans hire former Buckeye Mike Vrabel as coach

Mike Vrabel, a former standout offensive lineman with the Ohio State Buckeyes and former Buckeyes assistant coach, was hired Saturday as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Vrabel, who made the Ohio State All-Century team in 2000, and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, retired from football and became a defensive assistant for Ohio State in 2011. He was the Houston Texans defensive coordinator last season.

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“This is an incredible opportunity and one I have been preparing for my entire football life,” Vrabel said. “I am excited to get to work and that work starts now.”

Tennesse was 9-7 in 2017, beating Kansas City in the AFC Wild Card game and losing the Divisional game to New England. 

The Titans and former coach Mike Mularkey couldn’t agree on a contract extension after the season.