The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Ohio State has tentatively scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce the hiring of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel as an assistant coach on Luke Fickell’s staff. Vrabel and Fickell are close friends and were teammates at the school. College Football Talk reported Vrabel was close to taking the job Thursday.
If the reports are accurate, Vrabel would be announcing the end of a decorated NFL career at the same time. Vrabel, 35, played in the NFL for 14 seasons and he was a major part of the New England Patriots’ dynasty last decade.
However, he played in Kansas City the past two years after being traded with quarterback Matt Cassel to the Chiefs in 2009. It was Scott Pioli’s first player move as the Chiefs' general manager. Pioli was with the two players in New England.
Vrabel gave Pioli exactly what he wanted in his two seasons. His immense leadership ability impacted the young defense. On Friday, we looked at Vrabel’s impact on the Chiefs in his two years there.
The Chiefs have some young players at outside linebacker, including third-round pick Justin Houston, so they should be fine, but they will miss Vrabel’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs' website has a look at other former players who became coaches.
Good luck to Vrabel as he turns a chapter in his life.