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Report: Ohio State loses DL coach Vrabel to Houston Texans

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Bill O’Brien saw up close how valuable Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel can be to a coaching staff. In his two years at Penn State, Penn State’s offense was roughed up pretty badly by the Buckeyes’ defensive front.  As reported by, Vrabel will join O’Brien’s Houston Texans coaching staff, although his exact title has not been confirmed. Vrabel confirmed (via Twitter) he will be the new linebackers coach for the Texans.

Ohio State had the third best rushing defense in the Big Ten in 2013. The Buckeyes allowed just nine rushing touchdowns and recorded a Big Ten-leading 42.0 sacks, an average of 3.0 sacks per game. Vrabel’s football IQ has always been respected wherever he has been, both as a player and a coach. He should be a quality addition for the Texans, but leaves a significant hole on Urban Meyer’s staff in Columbus.

Given the resources available to the Buckeyes, Ohio State should have little problem finding suitable candidates. Replacing Vrabel will be no easy task, but Ohio State should be able to get by with a solid replacement in relatively short order.

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19 Responses to “Report: Ohio State loses DL coach Vrabel to Houston Texans”
  1. tigers182 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:15 PM

    Vrabel’s one of those guys you know will continue rising in the coaching ranks quickly.

  2. midtec2005 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:19 PM

    He should have been OSUs defensive coordinator. I’m not convinced Fickle is the answer, that pass defense was atrocious. If they had a pass defense who knows what would have been possible…

  3. bru308 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:20 PM

    I’m guessing it has more to do with their Patriots connection than Ohio State’s defensive line play. But I’m just guessing.

  4. thraiderskin says: Jan 9, 2014 6:29 PM


  5. dryzzt23 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    I wish this was Fickle leaving and Vrabel being promoted to DC.

  6. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Jan 9, 2014 6:53 PM

    I live in Columbus and everyone I know is glad he is leaving

  7. rabbi187 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:55 PM

    Interesting that he’s taking the job when the only coach OBrien kept from the original staff is Bill Kollar (d line coach).

  8. jrs45 says: Jan 9, 2014 7:02 PM

    Take Fickle with you! Promote Coach Combs! Buckeye Nation still loves ya Vrab!

  9. dkhhuey says: Jan 9, 2014 7:59 PM

    This SUCKS!!! Not only is Vrabel a great Buckeye, he was an awesome addition to the coaching staff because he brought massive playing experience, great passion, and he was an incredible recruiter! This one hurts!!!

  10. tolan04 says: Jan 9, 2014 8:37 PM

    Just need to add bruschi and mcginest

  11. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Jan 9, 2014 8:53 PM

    I retract my statement. I meant fickel

  12. BrownsTown says: Jan 9, 2014 9:00 PM

    I always saw Vrabel and Fickle as a package deal, meaning that firing Fickle just got a little bit easier.

  13. BrownsTown says: Jan 9, 2014 9:00 PM

    Not that he deserves all of the blame.

  14. keltictim says: Jan 9, 2014 10:05 PM

    One of my all time favorite Patriots. Didn’t have all pro talent but played at an all pro level. If that makes sense. I could def see him as a HC someday with a lot of success.

  15. kg112686 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:45 PM

    jrs45 says:
    Jan 9, 2014 7:02 PM
    Take Fickle with you! Promote Coach Combs! Buckeye Nation still loves ya Vrab!

    Coach Combs has done nothing to deserve a promotion. Our secondary was absolutely awful. If he can’t even coach our secondary how can you expect him to coach our entire defense?

  16. normtide says: Jan 10, 2014 1:30 AM

    Do you think osu would promote a dc from within? They are one of the few b1g programs who will pay for great coaches throughout the staff. That’s whats has kept y’all at the top of your league for so long. I think even if they just have to replace Vrabel, they will go out and hire the best available.

  17. basebuck says: Jan 10, 2014 8:49 AM

    This is a great move for Vrabel but not good for Ohio state!

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2014 12:09 PM

    Vrabel was an Outstanding recruiter, so there’s that loss too.

    And how long until JJ gets a TD catch now?


  19. Deb says: Jan 10, 2014 2:24 PM

    Congrats to Vrabel!! Glad to see his star rise.

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