The Titans announced Saturday they have hired Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new head coach.
"I am excited to have Mike Vrabel joining our organization as our new head coach," Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. "In the interaction between Mike and (general manager) Jon (Robinson) during the interview, you could see their connection right away from the history they have with one another — seeing the game in a similar way and talking the same language."
Vrabel, who spent eight seasons with the Patriots during a 14-year playing career, has been coaching with the Texas since 2014 and was named the defensive coordinator in 2017.
"Mike has a commanding presence and a deep knowledge for how he will attack this head coaching opportunity," Adams Strunk continued. "Throughout his football career, he has played for, been mentored by and coached with successful teams and organizations. He knows what it takes to reach that level of sustained success — he has seen it first-hand. We have a chance to build on the solid foundation that we established over the past couple of years and I believe Mike is the right person to continue that progress."
The Titans mutually agreed to part ways with head coach Mike Mularkey after Tennessee fell to the Patriots in the divisional round last Saturday.
"I am excited to get to work and that work starts now," Vrabel said. "We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive."