Mike Vrabel

Would Mike Vrabel consider taking over when Bill Belichick steps down?

Would Mike Vrabel consider taking over when Bill Belichick steps down?

Editor’s note: In the coming weeks our Patriots insiders will be speaking with beat writers from around the NFL to get an outside view on what the future holds for the Patriots. Today’s team: The Tennessee Titans with Joe Rexrode of The Athletic Nashville.

The Tom Brady era in New England may be over, but there's no sign of Bill Belichick ending his reign as Patriots head coach any time soon.

One day, though, that time will come. The question is, who will be trusted to take Belichick's place? Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has long been considered a top candidate, but another potential option could be one of Belichick's former players.

Mike Vrabel has done a solid job as head coach of the Tennessee Titans over the last couple of seasons and could be a fit for the Patriots job when Belichick eventually decides to step down. On the latest edition of Patriots Opposing Views, Phil Perry asks Joe Rexrode of The Athletic Nashville whether Vrabel-to-New England is a real possibility someday down the road.

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"That's a great question. I think that he really likes his relationship with (Titans GM) Jon Robinson, he likes it here ... He has a son playing football up there that make it a little more enticing; Tyler (Vrabel) is a tackle at Boston College ...

"It's tough because I do think he likes it here, but you're talking about one of the great organizations in sports and a place that was home to him. I would think that he would have to give it serious consideration. I think his relationship with Robert Kraft would probably have a lot to say about that."

Vrabel seems content where he is, but as Rexrode notes, the Patriots' head coaching job may just be too good to pass up.

It'll probably be a while before we have a real discussion about Belichick's successor, but we can expect Vrabel to be on the shortlist of candidates whenever that time comes. Of course, he'll likely have plenty of competition for the prestigious role.

Why did Titans choose Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady in free agency?

Why did Titans choose Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady in free agency?

Editor’s note: In the coming weeks our Patriots insiders will be speaking with beat writers from around the NFL to get an outside view on what the future holds for the Patriots. Today’s team: The Tennessee Titans with Joe Rexrode of The Athletic.

The Tennessee Titans were considered one of the frontrunners to land Tom Brady in free agency. However, the Brady-to-Nashville hype dissipated when the Titans committed to Ryan Tannehill with a four-year, $118 million contract.

Imagine reading that a year ago? The Titans picked Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady? What planet are we on?

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But Tannehill's 2019 season was no joke. The 31-year-old tossed 22 touchdown passes with only six interceptions and finished the year with the highest passer rating (117.5) of all starting quarterbacks.

He also led the Titans all the way to the AFC Championship Game with playoff victories over Brady's New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens. That apparently was enough to convince head coach Mike Vrabel and Co. that Tannehill was the answer going forward.

In our latest edition of Patriots Opposing Views, Joe Rexrode of The Athletic chatted with Phil Perry about the Titans' faith in Tannehill and whether they would have gone after Brady if circumstances were different.

"I think it's only about Ryan Tannehill," said Rexrode. "When Tannehill came in to the job, they were 2-4, they had just lost an awful game at Denver, Marcus Mariota was flaming out. If the season continued as it did, I think it would have been an all-in situation for Vrabel to try to bring Brady here. There was a lot of reasons for it to work and for both sides to like it, but I think Ryan Tannehill by the end there they were like, 'How do we not pay this guy?'

"And obviously you're talking about 10, 11 years difference in age, So from a long-term perspective, it makes sense if he is what he was last year. It's always a gamble, but I really think it's a totally different mindset for them if Tannehill doesn't kind of grab that job the way he did."

Only time will tell whether or not Tannehill's success last season was simply a flash in the pan. His seven previous seasons in Miami weren't exactly admirable, but perhaps a change of scenery is all he needed. That, and of course a 240-pound behemoth at running back named Derrick Henry.

As great of a fit Brady may have been in Tennessee with his old friend Vrabel, he still landed in a solid situation. He'll lead a high-powered Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense after signing a two-year, $50 million contract in March.

Patriots Hall of Fame 2020: Richard Seymour voted in over Mike Vrabel, Bill Parcells

Patriots Hall of Fame 2020: Richard Seymour voted in over Mike Vrabel, Bill Parcells

Richard Seymour will soon wear the red jacket.

The former New England Patriots defensive end has been elected to the team's Hall of Fame, beating out former teammate Mike Vrabel and former head coach Bill Parcells in a fan vote. The Patriots' HOF made the announcement Monday morning. The date and time of the 2020 Patriots Hall of Fame ceremony is to be determined.

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"Richard Seymour laid the foundation for a defense that helped propel the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships in his first four seasons in the NFL," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "Richard was the consummate professional and leader, always accepting the roles he was assigned, putting team goals ahead of personal ones, and in turn, raising the game of everyone around him. Yet as great as he was as a player, he is a Hall of Fame-caliber person, as well. I couldn't be happier for Richard and the Seymour family, and I am looking forward to celebrating with them as Richard takes his rightful place in the Patriots Hall of Fame and very soon the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton."

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Seymour will be the 30th inductee into the team's Hall of Fame. He is the latest player to be elected from the Patriots' two-decade dynasty that has seen the franchise win six Super Bowl championships. He will join Drew Bledsoe, Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Ty Law, Matt Light and Rodney Harrison as the Patriots Hall of Fame inductees from Super Bowl-winning teams.

Seymour was drafted No. 6 overall by the Patriots in the 2001 NFL Draft, and it didn't take long for him to emerge as one of the league's premier defensive players. He played eight seasons in New England and earned three All-Pro appearances, seven Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl rings. 

The ex-Patriots star also was named a finalist for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but he was not selected on the final vote. He likely will make it into the Pro Football HOF in the future.