UPDATE (6:13 p.m.): The Titans officially have hired Mike Vrabel as their next head coach.
Mularkey went 21-22 as the Titans head coach over the past two seasons and led the franchise to its first playoff victory in 14 years.
After Bill O'Brien was given a four year contract extension and significant input into choosing Rick Smith's replacement as Houston Texans' general manager, it felt like Texans' ownership was essentially ignoring the team's 4-12 record in 2017 and giving O'Brien and his staff a mulligan. Nonetheless, the Titans still cleaned house upon being ousted from Super Bowl contention by the New England Patriots. He spent the previous two seasons serving as Chip Kelly's quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (2015) and the San Francisco 49ers (2016). He knows what it takes to reach that level of sustained success - he has seen it firsthand.
Some had said Josh McDaniels might consider this job, but with it off the board, it all but indicates he will be going to Indianapolis to be the next coach of the Colts. But Robinson has to trust the new head coach to successfully do all of those things and be on the same page on how to get that done.
The Titans confirmed they interviewed the Texans' Mike Vrabel and Carolina's Steve Wilks. "I want to thank Amy, Jon and the entire Titans organization for putting their faith in me".
"We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness", he continued. Past year the Texans switched Crennel's title to associate head coach and promoted Vrabel to defensive coordinator.
Herbstreit, who moved to Nashville seven years ago from Columbus, also thinks the city will be a flawless fit for the 42-year-old Vrabel, a country music fan who will be introduced at a press conference on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
There are plenty of holes to poke in the choice of Vrabel, who started his coaching career at alma mater Ohio State in 2011.
Vrabel has played under coaches like Bill Belichick (Patriots) and Bill Cowher (Steelers), and coached alongside coaches like Romeo Crennel, Urban Meyer and Bill O'Brien. Under Vrabel, the Texans ranked 20th in total defense and last in total points allowed this past season.