The Tennessee Titans fired head coach Mike Vrabel on Tuesday.
Titans controlling proprietor Amy Adams Strunk launched the next assertion on Tuesday:
“Earlier at the moment, I spoke with Mike Vrabel and informed him about my determination to make a change at head coach. As I informed Coach Vrabel, this determination was as troublesome as any I’ve made as Controlling Proprietor,” Titans proprietor Amy Adams Strunk mentioned in a press release.
Vrabel’s firing comes a 12 months after the Titans made a change at normal supervisor, hiring Ran Carthon.
“Because the NFL continues to innovate and evolve, I consider the groups greatest positioned for sustained success might be those that empower an aligned and collaborative group throughout all soccer features. Final 12 months, we started a shift in our method to soccer management and made a number of adjustments to our personnel to advance that plan. As I continued to evaluate the state of our group, I arrived on the conclusion that the group would additionally profit from the recent method and perspective of a brand new teaching workers,” Strunk mentioned.
Vrabel, 48, led Tennessee to 4 consecutive successful seasons after arriving in 2018, however the Titans have skilled back-to-back irritating seasons, ending a number of video games beneath .500 each occasions.
The Titans completed 6-11 this season.
“I’ll by no means shrink back from acknowledging that I’ve unapologetically excessive expectations for the soccer group and each facet of the Titans group. Our imaginative and prescient shouldn’t be merely to provide extra wins than losses, it’s to often compete for championships. Whereas this season was disappointing, I see early indicators of progress taking form. Final 12 months we added a promising younger quarterback and a number of other different proficient gamers to our roster. With a training search, enviable cap house, and top-10 draft place, this offseason is as necessary as any in our historical past. I am excited for the weeks and months forward. We are going to meet the second,” Strunk mentioned in her assertion.
The Titans chosen quarterback Will Levis within the second spherical in final 12 months’s draft and he began 9 video games this season. The Titans maintain the No. 7 choose within the 2024 draft.
Titans star operating again Derrick Henry, who might be a free agent in March, informed The Athletic he was shocked by Vrabel’s firing.
“Wow. Wow. I am shocked. Coach Vrabel is a pacesetter of males. He is a good coach and trainer. I do know he’ll get one other alternative straight away. I stay up for it,” he mentioned.
Vrabel guided Tennessee to back-to-back AFC South championships in 2020 and 2021, and the Titans earned the No. 1 seed within the AFC in 2021, the identical 12 months Vrabel was named NFL Coach of the Yr.
Vrabel finishes his Titans tenure with a 54-45 report. He was 2-3 within the postseason, together with in 2019 when he led Tennessee to the AFC Championship Sport.