Mike Vrabel Makes Interest in Patriots Job Clear as Titans' Season Ends

The former Patriots linebacker and Titans head coach could be the perfect option to take over for Bill Belichick.
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel reacts to a Titans penalty against the Seattle Seahawks
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel reacts to a Titans penalty against the Seattle Seahawks / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA

With another NFL regular season in the books, we could see a ton of coaching changes this offseason as teams try to find a new head coach to take them in a different direction. 

One of those teams could be the Patriots, who struggled immensely this season (4-13) under future Hall of Fame head coach Bill Belichick. Heading into Week 18, many fans believed this would be Belichick’s final game with the organization. 

However, New England hasn’t decided on Belichick’s future as he spoke to reporters on Monday morning. But if the Pats move on from Belichick in the coming days or weeks, there’s a former Patriots player interested in taking over as the head coach.

Patriots Rumors: Vrabel Wants To Return To New England

Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz reported on Monday that Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is interested in the idea of returning to the Patriots should New England part ways with Belichick.

Vrabel spent eight seasons in New England as a player, where he helped them win three Super Bowls. There’s a chance that the Titans could move on from Vrabel as the team could look to do a hard reset with Derrick Henry also being a free agent this offseason.

The Titans went 6-11 this season and failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year under Vrabel. The 48-year-old head coach could be an intriguing option for the Patriots as he knows how the organization works and wouldn’t have a huge hand in personnel decisions.

In Tennessee, Vrabel’s offenses haven’t been spectacular despite having future Hall of Fame running back Derrick Henry. But defensively, the Titans have been solid, ranking 16th or better in scoring defense over the last three seasons. 

No one knows what will happen in New England this offseason, but whatever moves they make on the roster and coaching, they must hit it out of the park. With how things are trending in the AFC East over the next few years, the Patriots could be on the outside looking in, which is not the Patriot way.

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