MEDFORD, Ore.—The Tennessee Titans introduced their new head coach, Mike Vrabel, on Monday.
Vrabel, the former Houston Texans defensive coordinator, inherits the position less than a week after Mike Mularkey was fired.
It’s Vrabel’s first head coaching position and comes after just his first season as a coordinator. Under his guidance, the Texans gave up the most points per game in the NFL in 2017.
Yet for many, that’s of little concern.
The question that dominated today’s introductory press conference was whether or not he has a plan to unleash quarterback Marcus Mariota.
“There's not going to be a greater relationship that I need to foster and develop than the one with our starting quarterback," Vrabel said.
He also vowed to implement Oregon Ducks-style concepts, which include more of an emphasis on run-pass options and bootlegs.
"The vision is that we're going to do things that are going to help him, put guys around him that are going to help him,” he said. “We're going to get him to play with confidence. We're going to get him to play energetic and bring the passion for football out that he's so capable of showing. That's my idea for him.”