Vrabel to join Texans staff as LBs coach

Vrabel to join Texans staff as LBs coach
January 9, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Former New England Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel is the latest addition to Bill O’Brien’s staff and will coach linebackers. 

Vrabel just finished his second season coaching the Ohio State defensive line for Urban Meyer after coaching a season with the linebackers in 2011. Vrabel was known for his recruiting ability at Ohio State after receiving several recruiting awards during his time in Columbus.

BuckeyeGrove.com first reported the news and Vrabel tweeted that he'll be coaching linebackers.

Vrabel played 206 NFL games with the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs. During his eight seasons with the Patriots (2001-08), Vrabal won three Super Bowls and was named an All-Pro (2007) and went to a Pro Bowl (2007). Vrabel also played for Romeo Crennel in New England and Kansas City. Crennel interviewed for the vacant defensive coordinator position on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Texans announced that they had fired 16 coaches and were retaining defensive line coach Bill Kollar. The release did not mention offensive line coach John Benton or special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky. Benton was then let go by new coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans on Wednesday.