Good Luck, Mike

Written January 9th, 2014 by Ken

Mike Vrabel

Well, it was good while it lasted. It was announced today that Ohio State Defensive Line Coach Mike Vrabel will be leaving the Buckeyes to take a position with Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans as their linebacker coach. Vrabel has just concluded his third year on the OSU coaching staff; in 2011 he was linebacker coach for his friend,  interim coach Luke Fickell, and was retained by Urban Meyer the past two years as defensive line coach.

Vrabel’s strengths were his ability to teach, his recognized recruiting skills and his passion for Ohio State. He spent 14 years in the NFL with the New England Patriots, most notably as a linebacker and goal-line tight end.

He is the 2nd coach to move on from Ohio State this year, with Everett Withers previously taking the position of coach at James Madison University. To be honest, because of Mike Vrabel being a Buckeye alum and his passion for the university and the team, this will be a significant loss.

During his three year at Ohio State, the Silver Bullets averaged 22 points per game. His immediate legacy are the stellar players that he recruited to Ohio State and their development. He took a position group with talented players but unknown performances and molded them into one  of the team strengths. His long term legacy is that is will always be a Buckeye.

Good luck, Mike. And thank you for everything.


  1. wildman1056No Gravatar
    January 10th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    It is a reality that good coaches will either move up or move on. In this case, Mike Vrabel did both. I wish him all the best, and am pleased that he will remain a friend of the program. At least he didn’t go to another college in the same capacity or as someone who would be recruiting against Ohio State.

    Another reality is that college football is about constantly rebuilding and reloading. The challenge is to replenish the coaching staff while refilling the roster. This is a big challenge for Urban Meyer. His first years at Florida were great successes. Then he lost Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong, among perhaps others. I was never sure what Withers did exactly, but I will closely watch how he handles Vrabel’s position.


    KenNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Wildman, thanks for your comments. I think that you are on to something with rebuilding/restructuring coaching staffs.

    And yes, I too am glad that Mike went to the NFL. ;)


  2. KenNo Gravatar
    January 10th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I guess my question at this point is; does Jim Heacock come into play at Ohio State?


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