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The former Buckeye is a hot coaching commodity in the NFL right now

With the NFL completing its 2017 season last weekend, it's that time of the year when head coaches are fired, hired and retire. This always brings plenty of rumors, as teams look to find their next boss.

One name that is hot on the market is former Buckeye defensive end and assistant coach Mike Vrabel.

Vrabel is already set to interview with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday and Albert Breer of The MMQB reported that both the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals could be interested in talking with the current Houston Texans defensive coordinator.

The Akron, Ohio native played for the Buckeyes from 1993-96 where he was a first-team All-American and named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year following his senior season. Vrabel was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1997 draft. After three years in Pittsburgh, Vrabel moved to the New England Patriots where he was a Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion.

After his playing career came to an end with the Kanas City Chiefs in 2010, Vrabel returned to Ohio State as linebackers coach under college teammate Luke Fickell. He remained on the staff when Urban Meyer took over as head coach in 2012, coaching the defensive line. Following the 2013 season, Vrabel joined Bill O'Brien in Houston where he coached linebackers from 2014-16 and was named the defensive coordinator heading into this previous season.



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