NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Natural-born leader is a cliché, but it fits Mike Vrabel like a well-tailored tailored suit.

His leadership style may be a turnoff to some. It’s clear he can be heavy-handed. Wesley Woodyard has said the coach doesn’t deal well with people who have differing opinions.

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I think it’s fair to say it’s imperfect leadership. But it can unquestionably be effective leadership. People will follow him. Plenty of players and the Titans’ organization certain have during his three years. Jon Robinson said when he hired Vrabel he wanted a “leader of men." He certainly hit on that.

Vrabel's own qualities as a leader certainly shape how he thinks about leaders in his locker room.

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