Is Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel’s job secure for the future at this point in the 2019 season?
ESPN took a look at the job security of every NFL head coach at this point in the 2019 season and believes Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is “on the cold seat”.
After the Titans started off the season 2-4 and saw Vrabel make some questionable decisions along the way, there were plenty of Titans fans out there that wanted him gone, whether it be sooner or later.
Since then, the Titans are 5-1 and Vrabel’s decision to replace Marcus Mariota with Ryan Tannehill in Week 6 (he was named the official starter in Week 7) has been nothing short of a success.
As a result, ESPN’s Turron Davenport believes Vrabel’s job is safe.
"Vrabel and the Titans turned things around after a rocky start. He and general manager Jon Robinson are joined at the hip, resulting in a team being built with a focus on physical, blue-collar players who love football. The Titans have gone 5-1 with Ryan Tannehill as the starter and now find themselves in the hunt for possibly an AFC South title."
Not only are the Titans in the hunt for the AFC South, but they sit in the No. 7 spot in the AFC, one spot behind the final Wild Card team in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both the Titans and Steelers own a 7-5 record, so a Titans win and Steelers loss in Week 14 would put Tennessee in that final spot.
In the next four weeks, the Titans have a tough schedule in facing the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans (twice) and New Orleans Saints. If the Titans can go 3-1 and beat the Texans both times, they will win the AFC South.
In each of the past three seasons, and including Vrabel’s first as head coach, the Titans have gone 9-7. The main goal of this year was going from “good to great” and part of that meant getting over that 9-7 hump. Vrabel has his team in a position to do that as well.
So, is there any chance Vrabel isn’t the head coach next season?
Probably not, as it would take a monumental collapse like losing all four remaining games the rest of the way for there to even be a chance, and even then I think Vrabel is safe; although that would definitely put him on the hot seat for 2020.