Rams to interview Mike Vrabel for head-coaching vacancy

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A surprising new name has been added to the Rams’ coaching wish list: Mike Vrabel.

Vrabel, the Texans’ linebackers coach, will interview with the Rams next week, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

Vrabel is best known to football fans for his 14-year career as a linebacker for the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs. After retiring as a player he spent three years on the coaching staff at Ohio State, and then spent the last three years on the Texans’ staff.

Some might question whether the 41-year-old Vrabel is ready to be a head coach, as he has never even been a coordinator. But the Rams are apparently interested in hearing what he has to say. That they’re willing to wait until next week to interview him suggests that they’re taking their time about finding a new head coach and won’t hire one any time soon.

45 responses to “Rams to interview Mike Vrabel for head-coaching vacancy

  1. This tells me they REALLY want someone with Patriots cachet. Clearly Patricia and McDaniels are more qualified and will take one of those two if they can, the next best thing is an ex-player with some coaching experience.

  2. It was pretty interesting listening to Clowney, after the game Saturday, attributing his development to Mike Vrabel. He said that Vrabel constantly challenges him and throws a heafty load of info at the guys as far how to read and react to plays. Clowney was very enthusiastic and thankful in his praises of Vrabel in his post-game interview on the field..

    I sometimes wonder if owners, front office types etc are just like us and watch the televised games, read the same articles, check out advanced stats websites, listen to the pundits, read sports writers, listen to players and coaches interviews, and come to the same conclusions as we?

    Because after listening to Clowney, i too was very impressed of his assesment of Vrabel as well as Clowney seeming to finally “get it” on how to prepare. The results as showing.. now just imagine if him and Watt could actually stay heathly in the same season. It’s crazy how good the Texans have been with no QB. 9-7 three straight years?

    As far as the Rams, hopefully they finally get a solid coach.

  3. Uh, no he won’t. Bob McNair said after the Raiders game that O’Brien will we back next year. But nice try.

    In regards to Vrabel leaving the Texans for the Rams, I have but one thing to say: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  4. Vrabel seems like a fine guy, and one day he’ll probably get his chance, but how could a LB’s name possibly surface for a team that needs to develop a young QB?

  5. Vrabel would be more of an Outside the box hire than Dave Taub, and I think a good one. Rams should hire him.

  6. Wow……

    We Patriots are so Proud of the demand We impart in every aspect of the game We love.

    discuss.

  7. WOW! Vrabes?

    I hope Vrable takes a job with a team I can root for. I guess that means he can work with anyone except for the Jets.

  8. Man, Nobody must want that job, and I don’t blame em, In this day, people want results now, and it just cant happen that way, with such a bad roster. The good thing is with FA and cap era, and good drafting, by season 5 you can put together a good unit. BUT owners/fans cant seem to wait that long. IE Saints 4 years, SB win.

  9. No, Mike! Don’t do it!

    Mike was a smart, tough player and he has a good thing going on in Houston. LA is not a good situation. The owner is a moron who knows nothing about running a football team. And Les Snead? Please!

    There’s no NFL QB on the roster either. They gave up 6, yes, 6 draft picks for a 3rd string QB. This includes their 2017 1st and 3rd!

    I understand that you may want to be a head coach, but this is a no-win situation!

  10. Man, teams are desperate for ex-Patriots. But the problem is, none of them have success. The other 31 teams are so desperate to be like the Patriots its becoming sickening.

  11. Just stay where you are Mike.
    You will be the Texans’ head coach in 6 days.

    Or unemployed

  12. Wow, no experience as a coordinator and he is already getting looks for HC. Vrabel rising.

  13. An all time great Patriot coaching the all time crybaby Marshall Faulk’s team…how’s that for irony. Call Vrabes a cheater to his face sometime, Marshall, you coward!

  14. Big splashy hire for LA, open the new stadium in a couple years…are you kidding me? They are wasting their own time, his time and my time typing this. He’s not HC material yet and certainly not the “big hire” LA needs.

    Bring back Fisher.

  15. ibillwt says:
    Was a nobody on the Steeler kick return/coverage teams until Belichick got hold of him. The guy could flat out play.
    ——————————————————————
    WRONG!
    Was a key performer for the Steelers as a hybrid backer/DE. Learned his craft in Pgh at Linebacker U. Problem was, he was backing up Jason Gildon, [who would go on to set the Steelers career sack record.]

    It wasn’t hard for Pats to see his potential, as he caused a key fumble sealing a Steelers’ playoff win in a 1998 game against the Pats.

    There’s something called a salary cap, and with a team that had been continually in the playoffs through the decade of the 90s, the fact is they couldn’t keep everyone.

  16. “ibillwt says:
    Jan 9, 2017 10:47 AM

    Was a nobody on the Steeler kick return/coverage teams until Belichick got hold of him. The guy could flat out play.”

    Blatant lie. He was a good LB for the Steelers who had great depth at that position. Cowher loved him. It was his good play at LB and ST that made Belicheck want him since he was a spare for the Steeler LB group.

  17. lastwordonpft says:
    Jan 9, 2017 11:31 AM
    ibillwt says:
    Was a nobody on the Steeler kick return/coverage teams until Belichick got hold of him. The guy could flat out play.
    ——————————————————————
    WRONG!
    Was a key performer for the Steelers as a hybrid backer/DE. Learned his craft in Pgh at Linebacker U. Problem was, he was backing up Jason Gildon, [who would go on to set the Steelers career sack record.]

    It wasn’t hard for Pats to see his potential, as he caused a key fumble sealing a Steelers’ playoff win in a 1998 game against the Pats.

    ————-

    Sorry son…..the Steelers have never had a playoff win against the Pats……ever…..

  18. I loved watching him play for the Pats, he gave 110% every time he stepped on the field. I’m sure he approaches coaching the same way. That being said, I would think he would move to a D coordinator position before becoming a HC. Good luck in whatever happens.

  19. nhpats says:

    Sorry son…..the Steelers have never had a playoff win against the Pats……ever…..

    —————————————————————–

    JANUARY 3, 1998
    Three Rivers Stadium
    PATRIOTS 6 STEELERS 7

    On the third play of the game, rookie defensive back Chad Scott intercepted a pass from New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe and returned it 27 yards to the Steelers 38. Stewert then got the team to the Patriots 40-yard line, converting two third downs with 10-yard completions to Charles Johnson before taking the ball the rest of the way to the end zone on a 40-yard score, the longest touchdown run in Steelers playoff history.

    In the second quarter, Bledsoe completed two passes to Shawn Jefferson for 29 yards and a 36-yard throw to Glenn on a 65-yard drive that ended with Adam Vinatieri’s 31-yard field goal, making the score 7-3.

    Later on, Pittsburgh drove to the New England 33-yard line, but defensive back Steve Israel intercepted a pass from Stewart to prevent a score.

    On the last play of the third quarter, Bledsoe’s 39-yard completion to Glenn go the team going to a 46-yard field goal from Vinatieri, cutting their deficit to 7-6.

    New England had one last chance to drive for a winning field goal but rookie linebacker Mike Vrabel stripped the ball from Pats quarterback Bledsoe, and fellow linebacker Jason Gildon recovered the ball.

    The Patriots managed to get it back with 34 seconds left, but linebacker Levon Kirkland intercepted Bledsoe’s Hail Mary pass on the game’s final play

  20. Man, teams are desperate for ex-Patriots. But the problem is, none of them have success. The other 31 teams are so desperate to be like the Patriots its becoming sickening.

    While I really wouldn’t disagree in terms of coaches, if you where to look at this year’s original field of 12 playoff teams, half of them, NE, KC, ATL, DET, KC, & HOU all have Belichick guys making personel calls. The Belichick tree is personel, not coaching, and imitation is still the greatest form of flattery.

  21. Look fellas – I’m a pats fan through and through but the only place that should get credit for Vrabel is Ohio. He was all-state as DL and TE at Walsh Jesuit HS and then went on to star at Ohio State. He spent more years learning football in Ohio than anywhere else. Pit was an important stop but Ohio gets all the credit. Kudos to Walsh and OSU. Both are great programs. I believe Connor Cook went to Walsh Jesuit as well. Pretty good for a school with only like 80 students in each class.

  22. nhpats says:
    Jan 9, 2017 12:18 PM
    lastwordonpft says:
    Jan 9, 2017 11:31 AM
    ibillwt says:
    Was a nobody on the Steeler kick return/coverage teams until Belichick got hold of him. The guy could flat out play.
    ——————————————————————
    WRONG!
    Was a key performer for the Steelers as a hybrid backer/DE. Learned his craft in Pgh at Linebacker U. Problem was, he was backing up Jason Gildon, [who would go on to set the Steelers career sack record.]

    It wasn’t hard for Pats to see his potential, as he caused a key fumble sealing a Steelers’ playoff win in a 1998 game against the Pats.

    ————-

    Sorry son…..the Steelers have never had a playoff win against the Pats……ever…..

    ================================
    Well, they actually have. The 97 season playoffs, the 2nd round played in Pitt on Jan 3, 1998, the Steelers winning 7 – 6. Vrabel sacked Bledsoe, causing a fumble which the Steelers recovered with about a minute left in the game.

  23. dwilkinson1968 says:
    Jan 9, 2017 8:07 AM
    Uh, no he won’t. Bob McNair said after the Raiders game that O’Brien will we back next year. But nice try.

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

    Did he say he was coming back, or did he just say that he wouldn’t be firing him? Huge difference.

  24. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:37 AM
    He learned the best on how to cheat from the best cheater of all time, Bill Belichick.
    ——————————
    It’s hard to believe we have to keep doing this, but as long as there are bandwagon fans who don’t start watching (or even pick a team to root for) until the playoffs, we must be vigilant.

    This cheating nonsense… The only thing that Belichick (or NE) has done that could even be remotely considered cheating was to have a single camera, out of position by a few feet, for about 20 minutes of a single game. That’s Spygate.

    Since you’re obviously new to American football, I should mention that filming the opponent is NOT against the rules. That’s why there are still 9 people on Earth that think Spygate was a big deal. It was the POSITION of the camera that got them in trouble.

  25. Really ? Think he is the answer to Rams problems ? Think he would be able to turn the franchise around ? Im sure he is a fine coach but not sure he is ready to take on that job. This will be a tough assignment for any first year coach. They need a coach like Tom Coughlin. Instill some order . He hires a OC that could grow their offense and eventually take over as HC after he is finished. If they don’t get the QB and OL fixed , they are going nowhere . Im sure Snead and Demoff will come up with the right guy . Said no one.

  26. Sorry son…..the Steelers have never had a playoff win against the Pats……ever…..

    ================================
    Well, they actually have. The 97 season playoffs, the 2nd round played in Pitt on Jan 3, 1998, the Steelers winning 7 – 6. Vrabel sacked Bledsoe, causing a fumble which the Steelers recovered with about a minute left in the game.
    _________________________________________________

    Most Patriots “fans” don’t recognize the pre-Brady years. It won’t be a surprise when most of them disappear post-Brady.

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