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Mike Vrabel's fast track to top job stirs questions on NFL hiring, but Titans coach embraces challenge

A little more than seven years since retiring from a distinguished career as an NFL linebacker and, well, essentially launching a new career in the coaching ranks on the same day, Mike Vrabel has the opportunity that some people spend a professional lifetime seeking. Vrabel is the rookie head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Seems like yesterday he was demonstrating some sweet versatility by catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady in goal-line packages for the New England Patriots. Now he’s poised to open the Titans’ offseason program oMonday as the man in charge, with just three years of college coaching experience and four years as an NFL assistant. No wonder there was some grumbling in coaching circles when Vrabel, 42, replaced Mike ...