December 4, 2023


“This may solely occur if Vrabel is severe about shifting on as properly.”

Mike Vrabel might be a possible goal for the Patriots in the event that they do transfer on from Invoice Belichick. (AP Photograph/Chris O’Meara)

If the Patriots do choose to maneuver on from Invoice Belichick after a disastrous 2023 season, the early favourite to succeed the longer term Corridor of Famer in New England is present linebackers coach Jerod Mayo. 

But when Robert Kraft and New England look to solid a wider web of their seek for a brand new head coach, may a Patriots Corridor of Famer at present holding the reins of one other NFL workforce be a viable goal?

Earlier this month, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported that present Titans head coach Mike Vrabel might be a possible teaching candidate in New England. 

“Two sources near the Patriots have independently mentioned the identical factor: They consider Vrabel, at present the Titans’ coach, is the Krafts’ “dwelling run” option to succeed Belichick,” Volin wrote.

Such a state of affairs is just not misplaced on former NFL GM Randy Mueller, who outlined a possible commerce that the Patriots may pull off so as to pry Vrabel out of Tennessee.

“If I have been Kraft, I’d attain out proprietor to proprietor and provide a 2024 second-round decide, as it will likely be a excessive one,” Mueller wrote in The Athletic. “I might not contact a decide within the prime 10 as a result of I’m not prepared to surrender the farm, and if I have been the Titans I’d counter to accumulate an extra decide in a subsequent yr.

“This may solely occur if Vrabel is severe about shifting on as properly. And there is perhaps one other workforce that might provide extra for a coach of Vrabel’s standing, although the league would possibly struggle the concept of a draft decide bidding warfare for a coach.”

If that’s the worth for Vrabel, the Patriots must make sure that the previous All-Professional linebacker is the proper man for the job.

Even when New England prevented relinquishing a first-round decide for Vrabel, their second-round choice would even be a valued asset. And contemplating that New England’s sputtering offense is in want of assist all throughout the depth chart, one other decide within the low 30s may come in useful because the Patriots attempt to rebuild a brand new core within the years forward.

Vrabel has posted a report of 51-40 since taking up in Tennessee in 2018, successful the 2021 NFL Coach of the Yr Award after main the Titans to a 12-5 report that yr.

Though the Titans are simply 10-16 because the begin of the 2022 season, the case may also be made that their pedestrian outcomes are because of quarterback accidents and a disastrous commerce that shipped star wideout A.J. Brown to the Eagles again in April 2022.