Tennessee Titans head Coach Mike Vrabel started his defensive playing career in Pittsburgh, selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. While he might be more remembered as a revered member of Bill Bellichick's first three Super Bowls Championship Patriots teams, Vrabel spent the first four years of his career with the Steelers and became the residential joker of his team.
With his new team though, no one are laughing at these Titans as they are one of the last remaining undefeated teams at 5-0. Even though former Titans QB Marcus Mariota led this team to three consecutive winning seasons — which was the first time that's happened since the franchise moved to Houston — since Ryan Tannehill has taken over since Week 6 last year, he has brought far more stability leading the Titans to the AFC Championship.
This season has proved that certainly was no fluke. Tannehill hasn't turned the ball over as much as Mariota. He has a 13-2 touchdown to interception ratio to start the season. While maybe he can't create as many plays with his mobility like Mariota, he isn't getting hit nearly as much and is staying healthy on the field. In Adam Gase's offensive scheme in Miami, Tannehill was tasked with doing too much and his career as a starter was nearly over after such poor showings.
Now his style of play allows him to make any throws you need, he dominates in the red zone, all while getting the run game more involved for a much more diversified scheme. All of that earned him his first Pro Bowl selection last year.
It doesn't hurt when your support in the backfield happens to be the best running back in the game. Derrick Henry is here to make sure you never make the mistake of thinking RB's are interchangeable. He has the most rushing yards by any back (588) and tied for the second most touchdowns (9).
This is all in five games when a majority of teams have already played six. Under Vrabel and offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, he's revitalized Tannehill's career and made this Titans team a legitimate championship contender. Who knew you could get all of that from a former defensive end and defensive coordinator.
What TV Channel is Steelers-Titans on?
Steelers-Titans will be shown on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.