After a 2021 season the place he helped lead his Tennessee Titans to the No. 1 seed within the AFC, Mike Vrabel was named the Related Press Coach of the Yr. Vrabel was available to simply accept the award in particular person on the NFL Honors in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.
The 46-year-old has served as head coach of the Titans for the previous 4 seasons and has loved some of the prolific begins to a training profession in franchise historical past. He matched the franchise report for wins (43) over his first 4 seasons with the group. Within the membership historical past (Titans and Oilers), Vrabel’s .614 profession successful proportion (together with playoffs) is the best amongst head coaches.
Tennessee has additionally made the playoffs in three of Vrabel’s 4 seasons as coach, together with back-to-back seasons the place the group has claimed the AFC South title.
Arguably his crowning achievement got here in the course of the 2021 season the place he led the group to an AFC-best 12-5 report that was good for the No. 1 seed within the convention. Vrabel and the Titans achieved that regardless of shedding MVP caliber operating again and the muse to their offense, Derrick Henry, for the majority of the 12 months.
Having the ability to endure that stage of a loss and nonetheless end atop the convention, actually was the foremost X-factor in Vrabel successful the award.
“What it’s,” Vrabel beforehand advised reporters on the Professional Bowl of being acknowledged throughout the NFL for the group’s accomplishments, “is a mirrored image of our gamers and our teaching workers. Yeah, there is a head coach, and after they give out the award, the top coach will get it. However you know the way I really feel about if you win, it is as a result of the gamers went out and made performs. In order that’s who it is a reflection of, it is the efficiency of our group, and our teaching workers.”
This has been fairly the week for Vrabel because the Titans introduced on Tuesday that that they had reached a contract extension with the top coach together with GM Jon Robinson.