NASHVILLEMike Vrabel helped narrow the list of candidates he will pursue as the next defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.

Nothing quite as sexy as Tom Brady misinformation or conflicting reports on staff changes.

Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com caught up with Vrabel before the coach made an appearance on NFL Live with former teammate Tedy Bruschi and Wendi Nix at Super Bowl LIV. Vrabel will look for a replacement for Dean Pees, who retired this offseason on the heels of Tennessee’s AFC Championship appearance. Vrabel values familiarity with Pees’ scheme, though, and those who know how to teach it.

“I am going to try and do what is best for the team,” Vrabel told Wyatt. “I would say to bring in a guy who hasn’t been in our system and done what we have done in Houston or here isn’t what I want to do. So whoever calls the defense, we are going to do pretty much what we have done. We are going to continue to add and enhance things, but to me that is not a big deal. I want guys that are loyal, that are great teachers and good developers.”

Nice Ferragamos, Coach.

Vrabel went on to say that “a vast knowledge of the system” that he brought with him when taking the job helped factor into the decision to hire Anthony Midget as the Titans’ secondary coach. Midget and Vrabel started their NFL coaching careers on the same Texans’ staff in 2014. Vrabel started with linebackers (2014-16) before taking the reins as the team’s defensive play-caller (2017). Midget, an assistant secondary coach from 2014-2017, spent the last two seasons as Houston’s secondary coach.

Midget replaces Kerry Coombs, who left at the end of the 2019-2020 campaign to return to Ohio State as defensive coordinator.

Whether it’s Vrabel calling the defense or a former Patriot with Tennessee ties, the Titans aren’t interested in a defensive reboot.

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