Mike Vrabel worked for Luke Fickell and Urban Meyer at Ohio State, cutting his teeth as a position coach first in 2011. He worked with the Buckeye linebackers that year, then shifted to defensive line the next two years upon Meyer's arrival.
Vrabel then bolted for the NFL and the Houston Texans. And with not even three full years of coaching under his belt in the league, it looks like the former Buckeye defensive end and Ohio native is in the conversation to become a head coach.
Per Albert Breer of the MMQB, the Los Angeles Rams received permission to interview Vrabel or its head coach position. Vrabel currently serves as Houston's linebackers coach, so the interview won't happen until the Texans' season ends. Chances are good that happens this weekend in New England. Houston visits the top-ranked Patriots on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Some might think this is an interesting move, but Vrabel is a hot name in coaching circles and could have ran Chip Kelly's defense in San Francisco this season had he wanted to.
... On Vrabel, he was offered Niners DC job last year. This is his 6th year coaching, played 14 NFL seasons. Widely viewed as a future HC.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 9, 2017
Looks like a branch Urban Meyer's coaching tree could grow even stronger.