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Bill O’Brien adds Mike Vrabel to Texans’ staff

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Mike Vrabel is heading to Houston as a member of Bill O’Brien’s Texans staff.

Vrabel confirmed on Twitter that he is leaving his current job as an Ohio State assistant to take over as linebackers coach in Houston.

The 38-year-old Vrabel played for the Steelers from 1997 to 2000, the Patriots from 2001 to 2008 and the Chiefs in 2009 and 2010. O’Brien was an assistant in New England for Vrabel’s last two years there. Romeo Crennel, a candidate to become Houston’s defensive coordinator, coached Vrabel in both New England and Kansas City.

In Columbus, where Vrabel had been considered one of the most important coaches on Urban Meyer’s staff, Vrabel’s decision was described as “a stunning departure.” In Houston, Vrabel should be a strong addition to the staff.

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43 Responses to “Bill O’Brien adds Mike Vrabel to Texans’ staff”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2014 6:35 AM

    There was always something about Vrabel that made him stand out.

    I like this hire.

  2. gopats23 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:52 AM

    So Urban Liar was stunned?

    You’ve done it to every school you ever worked for Urbs, deal with it.

  3. floratiotime says: Jan 10, 2014 6:57 AM

    He has excellent video taping skills.

  4. kwgator says: Jan 10, 2014 7:09 AM

    Somebody is having a fake heart attack over this!

  5. northwoodsjim says: Jan 10, 2014 7:10 AM

    Here come all the pasty folks to tell us, hard worker, instills value, great character guy, will teach toughness, overcome adversity….bla bla bla

  6. jagsandliquor says: Jan 10, 2014 7:12 AM

    So Urban Liar was stunned?

    You’ve done it to every school you ever worked for Urbs, deal with it.

    ouch

  7. northwoodsjim says: Jan 10, 2014 7:20 AM

    Apparently not so important he couldn’t prevent O States D from failing in every big game

  8. tedmurph says: Jan 10, 2014 7:28 AM

    One of the best Pats FA signings ever(thanks Cowher), he was born to coach. His leadership was evident when he was playing.

  9. iamthegreatcornflorio says: Jan 10, 2014 7:35 AM

    Soon after the hiring, several beers went missing from McNair’s private refrigerator.

  10. lolo376 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    Texans trying to look like the Patriots? Bringing in all their old players/coaches? Same thing Pioli tried to do with KC and it didn’t work there either.

  11. patriots123456 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:56 AM

    Good move for Houston IMO…

    But I love reading all the Pats haters BS…

    It makes my day…probably because most of their favorite teams are for the most part irrelevant in the NFL big scheme of things…

    Boo who…losers

  12. janessa31888 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:56 AM

    Take Luke Fickell too, please. We wont miss him.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:59 AM

    Texans are going to have a big turn around next year.

  14. bullcharger says: Jan 10, 2014 8:03 AM

    That team will be immediately better with the coaching changes. They should trade down for Johnny Football and give him a chance.

  15. northwoodsjim says: Jan 10, 2014 8:07 AM

    None of you know he was ‘born to coach’ or anything else about him personally. Stop pretending u people know him because of how he looks

  16. natevidlak says: Jan 10, 2014 8:13 AM

    Mike Singletary also displayed great ‘leadership on the field.’ He turned out to be a terrible coach – HC or otherwise

  17. footballfan58 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:18 AM

    Congratulations, Mike Vrabel! I wish you well in your new job!

    Great addition for the Texans!

  18. wingz101 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:30 AM

    One of my favorite players ever. Him and Bruschi sure made the Patriot’s defense hum back in those championship days. When they needed a big play – one of these two made it.

    Vrabel would also come out as a TE or FB on goal line and he caught 2-3 TD in his career. He was always one of Belichek’s favorites because he was such a smart player.

    Hope he’s a good coach. Would not surprise me if he became a DC at some point over the next few years.

  19. jimjets says: Jan 10, 2014 8:37 AM

    As I said in a prior post jerks breeding jerks. Hopefully vrable brings his video camera

  20. Andre's Johnson says: Jan 10, 2014 8:43 AM

    I think this is a good hire. I like the fact that O’Brien, a first-time head coach, is surrounding himself with trusted, experienced experts. Getting Munchack as the offensive line coach would be a tremendous hire if he can pull it off.

  21. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 10, 2014 8:50 AM

    LOL! Wow, what a joke.

  22. patriotsarespygaters says: Jan 10, 2014 8:53 AM

    This must be a nightmare for antonio smith

  23. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 10, 2014 9:09 AM

    Vrabel is the man. No way around it. If I could root for him to succeed and O’Brien to lose I would.

  24. all4patriots says: Jan 10, 2014 9:13 AM

    He didn’t just catch caught 2-3 TD passes in his career,

    he caught 2 TD passes in Super Bowls

    and caught 10 passes in his pro career, AND ALL 10 OF THEM went for touchdowns.

  25. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jan 10, 2014 9:14 AM

    Good hire. Vrabel was always a teacher on the field (something BB preached about in his book “War Room” even before Vrabel was a coach at Ohio State).

    If it wasn’t for PepperJohonson…..BB would have hired Vrabel to be Linebackers coach as soon as Vrabel retired.

  26. surfinbird1 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:20 AM

    What’s next. Changing the logo to the flyin Elvis?
    Nothing like givin your team its own identity.

  27. j0esixpack says: Jan 10, 2014 9:26 AM

    Belichick must be kicking himself he didn’t hire Vrabel himself.

    Not as a coach – but to play LB/TE this weekend.

  28. belicheckisgod says: Jan 10, 2014 9:26 AM

    I hear Ty law is available to coach the DBS, Matt Light the O line, Troy Brown the Wrs, Richard seymore and Ty warren the Dline, etc. If I was a Texans fan I would be worried about all these moves, it show O’ Brian is scared to try to create something on his own and instead is trying all he can to create the Patriots. Pretty pathetic, thought they hired him to be innovative , obviously he is not his own person with his own ideas if he’s just recycling old patriot coaches every chance he gets. Such a talented team, too be regulated as a bottom feeding joke for the next 3 seasons before the owner realizes it didn’t work for the Jets, Cleveland,Denver or KC is a waste of that talent.

  29. usap1 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:34 AM

    Oh crap, this means OSU is stuck with Fickell for a long time. Maybe Vrabel wanted to get away from Urban’s Massive Ego?

  30. marima07 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:02 AM

    So… someone finally decides to cover Mike Vrabel.

  31. heisthejuan says: Jan 10, 2014 10:15 AM

    None of you know he was ‘born to coach’ or anything else about him personally. Stop pretending u people know him because of how he looks.

    =====================================

    “Mike Vrabel is as well-suited for coaching as any player I have ever coached,” Belichick said back then in a statement. “He has a tremendous feel for people, players, coaches and what his team needs regardless of the situation. He is outstanding in his knowledge of the game, which contributed to his excellence as a player. I have no doubt Mike will develop tough, intelligent, fundamentally sound winners.”

  32. dolfan13 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:17 AM

    As a graduate of The Ohio State University, you would think that I would be sad to to lose Vrabes as a defensive position coach. But ever since Luke Fickell came on staff and eventually recruited Mike to join him, our defense has lacked the tenacity of the Silver Bullets of the past. The OSU D is just a mere shadow of what it was when these two were suited up as players and later when Mark Dantonio was coordinating the defensive schemes.

    I sincerely wish you well Coach Vrabel. I hope the NFL is a better platform for you than the NCAA.

    Maybe you will be better suited as a motivator of NFL talent than you were a teacher of raw unrefined straight-out-of high school talent. You know, like teaching those LB’s how to tackle Taj Boyd from 7 yards out, before he scores a touchdown on a draw play; that even the TV announcers predicted.

  33. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 10, 2014 11:03 AM

    whos next, Ernie Adams?

    oh, no, belichick would never let him get away …

  34. jnbnet says: Jan 10, 2014 11:17 AM

    northwoodsjim says:
    Jan 10, 2014 7:10 AM
    Here come all the pasty folks to tell us, hard worker, instills value, great character guy, will teach toughness, overcome adversity….bla bla bla

    ————————————————–
    He is a hard worker, instills value, great character guy, will teach toughness and overcome adversity.

  35. jm91rs says: Jan 10, 2014 11:32 AM

    Every time this guy was in the game on the offensive side, you knew it was a TD pass to him. How in the hell could defenses not figure that out.

  36. forsbergler says: Jan 10, 2014 11:35 AM

    I love all the Patsy fans, saying great hire. How many BB coaching tree failures do you need to witness to finnally get it through your heads that without BB and Ernie Adams doing their thing The machine doesnt work. Wake Up!

  37. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 10, 2014 11:46 AM

    Vrabel will bring valuable experience to this role, as well as beer.

  38. tedmurph says: Jan 10, 2014 11:53 AM

    Vrabel was the DLine coach of OSU under Meyer(not LBs). OSU was 3rd in the nation in sacks and 9th in rushing defense. Sorry you lost your Bowl Game dude.

  39. belicheckisgod says: Jan 10, 2014 11:57 AM

    Funny how so many NFL fans love to hate the Patriots until they have one of there old players or coaches, then those same fans speak of how great these individuals are. I guarantee if Belicheck or Brady switched to your team there would be no peep about spy gate or being a so called “system QB”. As a Pats fan I love the hate, keep it coming, it means my team has been consistent for 13 or so years and all those other teams have not.

  40. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2014 12:06 PM

    How long do you think before JJ gets a TD catch now?

    #AllICatchIsTDs

  41. jtylert says: Jan 10, 2014 1:00 PM

    Could he be a player/coach and also get time as a goal line back??

  42. dualprime says: Jan 10, 2014 1:12 PM

    I don’t care if they hire Robert Kraft to coach special teams as long as they play good football. I suspect some of the haters here are Colts fans.

  43. aljack88 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:16 PM

    jnbnet says:
    Jan 10, 2014 11:17 AM
    northwoodsjim says:
    Jan 10, 2014 7:10 AM
    Here come all the pasty folks to tell us, hard worker, instills value, great character guy, will teach toughness, overcome adversity….bla bla bla

    ————————————————–
    He is a hard worker, instills value, great character guy, will teach toughness and overcome adversity.

    —————————————-
    Just in case you missed the first posting while you were chewing on tree bark or something.

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