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Titans fire Vrabel after six seasons as team's coach

By Sports Desk January 09, 2024

The Tennessee Titans now have a coaching vacancy after firing Mike Vrabel.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement she spoke with Vrabel on Tuesday to inform him they would be parting ways.

The decision came two days after the Titans pulled off a surprising 28-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars that eliminated the Jags from play-off contention, but it wasn't enough to save Vrabel's job as the team finished 6-11 and in last place in the AFC South for the first time since 2015.

"Last year, we began a shift in our approach to football leadership and made several changes to our personnel to advance that plan," Strunk said. "As I continued to assess the state of our team, I arrived at the conclusion that the team would also benefit from the fresh approach and perspective of a new coaching staff.

Vrabel was hired by Tennessee in January 2018, and led the Titans to a pair of AFC South titles and an appearance in the 2019 AFC conference title game. He was named the 2021 AP Coach of the Year after Tennessee went 12-5 and captured the AFC's top seed.

The following season, the Titans again looked like they would be one of the conference's top contenders after starting the year 7-3, but they ended up losing their final seven games to miss the play-offs for the first time since 2018.

In six seasons as Tennessee's coach, Vrabel went 56-48, including the play-offs.

"I believe the Tennessee Titans can and will be a premier National Football League franchise. It's what our fans deserve, and there will be hard decisions along the way," Strunk said. "My decision today is not only a reflection of my disappointment in our past two seasons, but also my recognition that further changes are necessary to fully achieve our vision."

Vrabel's firing is expected to be one of several off-season changes for the Titans, with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry hitting free agency.

 

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