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Mike Vrabel | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (41) / 8/14/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 261
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 3 (91) / PIT
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CSN Bay Area's John Middlekauff reports Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel has turned down the 49ers' defensive coordinator vacancy.
It's an embarrassment for Chip Kelly. The Texans weren't even required to let Vrabel interview, but did so in good faith. We'd imagine Vrabel, who is a rising coaching star, decided Kelly's brand of football was too risky for his first coordinating job. Kelly's defenses spend huge amounts of time on the field, wearing out players and jacking up statistics. 2016 will be Vrabel's third season as Bill O'Brien's linebackers coach. Jan 21 - 9:20 PM

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The 49ers have offered Mike Vrabel the defensive coordinator job, according to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini.

At this point, the Niners are just waiting for him to say yes or no. The ex-Patriot has spent the last two years as the Texans' linebackers coach. If Vrabel joins Chip Kelly in San Francisco, it would leave Eric Mangini out of a job.
Jan 20 - 5:02 PM

49ers will interview Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel for their open defensive coordinator position.

Reports surfaced Monday saying there was a "strong possibility" current DC Eric Mangini would be retained, but San Francisco is apparently still looking at other options. A First-Team All-Pro and three-time Super Bowl champ as a linebacker with the Patriots, Vrabel has been the LBs coach in Houston since 2014. With just two seasons of position coach experience in the NFL, hiring Vrabel as coordinator would be a shocking move.
Jan 19 - 10:04 AM

Texans hired Mike Vrabel as linebackers coach.

We don't typically post position-coach hires, but this one piqued our interest with Vrabel being a recent former player. Vrabel played linebacker for the Patriots when new Texans coach Bill O'Brien was on the staff in New England. Vrabel recently coached LBs at his alma mater, Ohio State.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 09:18:00 AM

Free agent Mike Vrabel has officially announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 seasons.

As has been rumored for nearly a week, he will become the linebackers coach at his alma mater Ohio State. In a statement, Vrabel thanked all his former teams, but said he is "especially grateful to Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli" for teaching him "invaluable lessons on creating the ultimate team approach." He retires with 763 tackles, 57 sacks and three Super Bowl titles to his name.
Mon, Jul 11, 2011 08:52:00 AM

Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City reports that free agent Mike Vrabel will retire to accept an assistant coaching job at Ohio State.

The radio station has the report on both its Twitter account and website, and there have been enough signs pointing to Vrabel calling it quits that we're buying it. He'd recently made it clear that he'd love to coach. Turning 36 in a month, Vrabel only made one Pro Bowl (2007) but was a three-time Super Bowl champ with New England. The Akron native and Ohio State alum will finish his NFL career with 57 sacks, 11 interceptions, and 10 receiving touchdowns. Vrabel caught two more TD passes in playoff games when lined up at tight end.
Sat, Jul 9, 2011 12:53:00 AM

CollegeFootballTalk.com reports there is a "very good chance" free agent Mike Vrabel will accept a defensive assistant coaching role with Ohio State this summer.

The Buckeye rumors have been surrounding Vrabel for awhile, so this is hardly a surprise. Vrabel is tight with new head coach Luke Fickell, who was his roommate at Ohio State in the mid-90s. One source says the announcement could come as soon as Monday. The 14-year veteran had been a leading voice for the NFLPA in labor discussions this offseason.
Thu, Jul 7, 2011 07:12:00 PM

Free agent Mike Vrabel indicated that he would rather continue playing football than begin his coaching career at this time.

Recent reports and speculation suggested Vrabel might want to coach at Ohio State, where there is a linebackers coach vacancy. "My contract is up with the Chiefs," Vrabel said, "So I’ll be looking for a job as soon as this lockout ends." Vrabel did confirm that coaching football in the future "is certainly something I’d be interested in under the right situation."
Fri, Jun 17, 2011 07:51:00 PM

Free agent OLB Mike Vrabel is not participating in Chiefs offseason workouts.

There have been unconfirmed rumors that Vrabel will accept an assistant coach job at his alma mater, Ohio State, although he's involved in the player-owner negotiations. Vrabel is also not under contract for 2011. Regardless, most signs point to the Chiefs moving on from the 36-year-old linebacker.
Fri, Jun 17, 2011 12:57:00 PM

Prior to his early-April arrest, free agent Mike Vrabel told the Kansas City Star that he hopes to continue his football career.

"I would certainly hope so. I really do," he said. "But I also have to find out realistically if anybody is interested." And that's a legitimate question. Vrabel turns 36 this fall, is coming off an arrest, and didn't manage a single sack in 16 starts last season. He might have one year left.
Tue, Apr 12, 2011 12:17:00 PM

Free agent OLB Mike Vrabel was arrested for felony theft at an Indiana casino early Monday.

The "theft" is related to either the number of beers on a bar tab, or "taking bottles of alcohol from a deli" on casino grounds, according to various reports. Vrabel is in danger of a Class D felony just two days before he's scheduled to appear for Wednesday's antitrust lawsuit against the owners. Vrabel was booked at 5:28AM and released at 10:39AM after posting $600 bail. Vrabel, 35, spent last season with the Chiefs. He had no sacks in 16 starts.
Mon, Apr 4, 2011 03:42:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Mike Vrabel did show for the start of Kansas City Organized Team Activities on Monday.

Unsigned restricted free agent Jarrad Page was the only Chief not on the practice field, so the team looks to be buying into coach Todd Haley's spring focus. Vrabel is battling Andy Studebaker and Cam Sheffield for snaps.
Mon, May 17, 2010 02:47:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Mike Vrabel has yet to attend voluntary offseason workouts.

Vrabel didn't show up early after his trade from New England last year, either. "I’m in good shape and ready to go like I always am," insisted the 35-year-old. "Not being there to work out has never set me back." The issue is that coach Todd Haley is a stickler for the offseason program. Vrabel shouldn't be assured of a starting job coming off a two-sack season.
Mon, May 17, 2010 01:08:00 AM

The Chiefs' one-year deal with OLB Mike Vrabel includes a $1.425 million roster bonus.

The date the bonus is due is unknown. Vrabel should safely make the club if it's a per-game roster bonus, but if it's a lump sum payment in August or July he may not be guaranteed to be among Kansas City's final 53. Vrabel's total deal is for $3.025 million. His salary will be $1.6 million.
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 04:41:00 PM

The Chiefs' new contract with OLB Mike Vrabel, announced by the team as an "extension," is for just one year.

It's probably for between $1-2 million with a minimum base salary and some incentives. Vrabel, turning 35 before the season, had just two sacks last year. He won't be guaranteed a roster spot, let alone a starting position.
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 01:02:00 AM

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