Per source, Texans DC Mike Vrabel will interview with the Colts tomorrow. Indy kicked off interviews Wednesday, with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 5, 2018
The 14-year NFL veteran has been a popular name for a possible future head coach since being added to the Texans’ coaching staff in 2014. Vrabel was an assistant at Ohio State before jumping to the NFL ranks, and has risen from his position as a linebackers coach for three seasons (2014-2016) to defensive coordinator after being a stalwart with the New England Patriots.
Vrabel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997 before playing 8 seasons with the Pats, and ended his fantastic career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Vrabel has gotten the real interest that was expected this offseason with all of the openings around the league.
The Colts have already interviewed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard over the past couple of days. The Colts should be interested in Vrabel with the wealth of knowledge he possesses on that side of the ball.
With the Colts defensive struggles over the past several seasons it will be very interesting to see whether they go with a defensive guy to lead the team again, or change their focus with an offensive-minded head coach. Either way, Vrabel absolutely deserves the interview and would bring some of the youth and energy that Chris Ballard likely covets from his candidates for the job.