The Titans Are Firing Mike Vrabel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel is out as coach of the Titans after six seasons.

The weak-rostered Titans were 6-18 in their last 24 games and missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

That's the top reason the team will look for a fresh perspective.

Ran Carthon and Mike Vrabel
Ran Carthon and Mike Vrabel before the Jaguars' game/ Angie Flatt

Vrabel finishes his Titans tenure with a 54-48 record with three playoff appearances in six seasons. 

Trade possibilities were explored but determined not to be feasible. The timetable and the team's feeling that Vrabel would be willing to participate in a trade were factors. 

Teams cannot talk in person to NFL candidates until after the divisional round of the playoffs which finishes Jan., 21 and have to meet with two external minority candidates to comply with the Rooney Rule.

Now the Titans can start Zoom meetings with some in-house candidates immediately.

Last week, amid rumors of his discontent with things he was asked if he wanted to stay.

"Of course, I want to be here,” he said. “Be here as long as we can win and as long as we can do this thing. And it's been great, but it also has been just frustrating this year. And nobody wants to be where we're at. You feel for the players, having been in that situation, those guys are out there selling out and you feel for them when you look out there on the field and we're not winning.”

Vrabel joined the team in 2018 from the Houston Texans where he served one year as defensive coordinator after three as linebackers coach. Previously he was an assistant at Ohio State. 

He played 14 years as a linebacker with the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs, winning three Super Bowls with New England.

He will likely be a popular candidate for open jobs around the league.

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