Linebacker Mike Vrabel went sack-less in 16 starts last year, turns 36 before this season, and will be an unrestricted free agent once the lockout is lifted. There has been speculation that Vrabel wants to be a football coach, but that opportunity hasn’t come from his alma mater just yet.
“No, [Ohio State coach] Luke [Fickell] hasn’t said he wants me on his staff,” said Vrabel after Fickell’s introductory press conference. “Luke knows I still have time to play, and I’m traveling to Chicago or New York for meetings with the owners. Luke knows I’ve got a bunch on my plate right now.”
Vrabel has been active in labor negotiations between the owners and players. He does want to coach someday, though, and it ideally it would be for the Buckeyes.
“I think it’s certainly something I’d be interested in under the right situation,” Vrabel confirmed. “I’d have to look and see when my playing career comes to an end and my involvement with the players association and being on the executive committee and being in that role.”
Vrabel indicated that he still has designs on playing in the NFL.
“My contract is up with the Chiefs,” he said, “So I’ll be looking for a job as soon as this lockout ends.”
Ohio State currently has a vacancy at linebackers coach, Fickell’s old job.