ESPN’s Turron Davenport reported on Wednesday that the general feeling around the Tennessee Titans facility is that Mike Vrabel isn’t likely to name a defensive coordinator.
Davenport said fans should expect Vrabel to take on a bigger role with the defense (similar to what Bill Belichick did with the New England Patriots last year).
In addition to not having a defensive coordinator, the Titans also don’t have an inside linebackers coach at the moment. Tyrone McKenzie left (or he and the team mutually parted ways, reports differ in wording) for the same position with the Detroit Lions.
I’m not sure the decision to not name a defensive coordinator would be a wise move by Vrabel (it’s a big undertaking for a head coach to also lead the defense), but I think there’s a move the Titans could make that would make this choice look a lot better.
Vrabel should do what he can to steal inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo from the Patriots.
The former Tennessee Vols linebacker helped run the Patriots’ defense (along with Steve Belichick) in 2019. And he has aspirations of being a head coach.
Jerod Mayo: I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to be a head coach. pic.twitter.com/b2kt3ahnq4
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 28, 2019
Perhaps Vrabel could lure Mayo to Nashville by giving him an opportunity to make the defensive play calls on game day. Not only would it give Mayo the experience to be a future defensive coordinator (and eventually a head coach), it would also get the former defensive rookie of the year out of the shadow of Steve Belichick (who reportedly called plays for New England in 2019).
Mayo and Vrabel played together in New England in 2008, so the Patriot connection between the two is strong.
Mike Vrabel, Matt Light and Jerod Mayo are hanging out together on the field.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 22, 2016
If Mayo wants to advance his coaching career, landing back in Tennessee might be a good move for him. And he would certainly seem to be an ideal fit on Vrabel’s staff.
Featured image via Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports