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Titans’ Mike Vrabel requires assistants to spend time with family in offseason

Mike Vrabel

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel may be dedicated to football, so much so that he would apparently be willing to cut off a certain body part in order to win a Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean he is going to prioritize football over family.

And he wants the rest of his coaching staff to follow suit:

“I tell our staff that we work too much during the season for any of our guys to miss something that their family has in the offseason. That’s not healthy for their families,” Vrabel said, according to Turron Davenport of ESPN.com. “It’s not healthy for them. They’re not going to be productive here at work if they’re thinking, ‘Man, I wish I was at that game.’ If their kid has a game or a dance recital, I need them to be involved in that.”

Titans defensive coordinator Don Pees appreciates Vrabel’s kindness and commitment to family:

“Coach Vrabel does a great job of giving coaches long weekends off during the offseason, along with several full weeks off during that same period,” Pees said. “We have almost five weeks off in the summer. During the season, he is a head coach that doesn’t watch the clock. It’s get your work done and go home — myself along with all the coaches truly appreciate that.”

Vrabel became head coach of Tennessee last year and won nine games during his first season at the helm, missing the playoffs by the skin of his teeth after the Titans lost a winner-take-all game to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17.

The 43-year-old also had a successful playing career, spending time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, winning three Super Bowls as a member of the Patriots.

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