Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is firmly becoming the NFL’s next star head coach.
Vrabel isn’t the revolutionary offensive wunderkind that media members hailed coaches like Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay as when they earned head coaching jobs. One can’t dispute the results, though, and Vrabel has turned the Tennessee Titans into Super Bowl contenders.
Before Vrabel began his coaching career, though, he had legal issues that the football world seems to have forgotten ever occurred.
Mike Vrabel is a rising star in Tennessee
When the 2020 season ends, Mike Vrabel may be unanimously considered a top-5 head coach.
Some fans and analysts may even put Vrabel up there now. Between the on-field results and Vrabel’s intelligence, he is quickly becoming one of the league’s top coaches.
Through Week 6 of the 2020 season, Vrabel is 23-14 in two-plus seasons with the Titans. Tennessee reached the AFC championship game last year and already appears in a position to make a similar push this season.
Vrabel had legal issues during his playing days
There aren’t many active head coaches in any of the league’s professional sports who have had significant legal issues.
That’s usually been the case. Save for the occasional DUI or traffic violation, the majority of managers and coaches only found themselves in trouble when it came to what happened on the field.
Mike Vrabel is one of the exceptions. Before he became a coach at any level, Vrabel had some off-field problems, which he addressed after they happened.
When he played at Ohio State in the 1990s, police arrested Vrabel and a teammate for assaulting a man in Kent, Ohio. The altercation occurred in a bar parking lot.
According to CBS, Vrabel and the teammate pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of “disorderly conduct, paid a fine and performed 30 hours of community service.”
Indiana police arrested Vrabel in April 2011 for theft from an Indiana riverboat casino. Vrabel’s agent released a statement to ProFootballTalk where Vrabel took accountability for the incident, where he was accused of taking bottles of alcohol and not paying for them.
“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication. I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”
The charge was dropped because Vrabel didn’t commit another crime over the next 180 days.
Vrabel retired after the 2010 season and began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2011.
Mike Vrabel has created a strong culture in Tennessee
Although Mike Vrabel had some run-ins with the law, the same hasn’t gone for his Titans team.
According to USA Today’s arrest tracker, the Tennessee Titans didn’t have a player arrested for anything above a traffic violation in either of Vrabel’s first two years.
Titans rookie offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson snapped that streak in September when Nashville police arrested him for DUI. That case had not been resolved as of Oct. 24, 2020.