Cleveland.com is reporting that former New England Patriots linebacker and Ohio State Buckeyes defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is headed to the Houston Texans coaching staff. The website reported:
“Vrabel was retained by Urban Meyer, though he first had to prove himself to the new coach. Over the last two years, Meyer has praised Vrabel both as a coach and a recruiter.”
Vrabel become an assistant coach at Ohio State in 2011. Cleveland.com also reported:
“Vrabel played for the New England Patriots from 2001-08, while O’Brien served as an assistant there from 2007-11. (Bill) O’Brien and Vrabel also share an agent, Beachwood-based Neil Cornrich, who represents many big names in the college football coaching ranks.”
I like this hire for the Texans. It hasn’t been said where Vrabel will coach for the Texans (as there has been no official announcement), but having a Super Bowl champion like Vrabel on the staff is a plus for the team.
The former linebacker played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Patriots and his final two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots. He had 57 career sacks and 712 combined tackles.