Coaching observations: Insights on Vrabel, Fangio, the Dolphins, Eagles, Marrone, the Saints, Titans, and Bills.

Mike Vrabel’s journey from a highly regarded head coach to a potential trade candidate and ultimately being left out of this year’s coaching carousel raises pertinent questions about his status. Vrabel’s traditional coaching style, coupled with potential concerns over his physical stature, may have contributed to him not landing a new head coaching job, as suggested by a general manager speaking to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini. Despite his extensive experience as a former NFL linebacker, Vrabel may have faced challenges being perceived as a slightly older candidate compared to some owners’ preferences, despite being only 48 years old. While Vrabel interviewed for coaching positions with the Falcons, Panthers, and Chargers, he has not been linked to specific coordinator roles, leaving him in a position similar to Bill Belichick as both coaches find themselves on the outside looking in this year. However, with Belichick nearing 72 years old, Vrabel may have better prospects for another head coaching opportunity in the future. Reports of clashes with Titans ownership could have further impacted Vrabel’s chances of securing a new coaching position.

In other coaching developments:

– Vic Fangio faced criticism for his coaching style during his time with the Dolphins, with players such as Jalen Ramsey, Jevon Holland, and rookie Cam Smith expressing issues with him. Despite Fangio’s demands, there were rumors of him wanting to return to Philadelphia, and he ultimately rejoined the Eagles after leaving Miami. The Dolphins have replaced Fangio with former Ravens defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.
– Doug Marrone will not be returning to the Saints as their offensive line coach for the 2024 season, despite serving in that role for the past two years. The Saints are considering veteran offensive line coach John Benton as a potential replacement.
– Former Falcons assistants Steve Jackson and Frank Bush will be part of new Titans defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson’s staff. Jackson has a history with the Titans as both a player and coach, while Bush brings experience as a former Texans defensive coordinator and interim Jets defensive coordinator.
– The Bills are promoting senior defensive assistant Al Holcomb to linebackers coach, replacing Bobby Babich, who has been elevated to defensive coordinator. Additionally, Marcus West is being promoted from assistant defensive line coach to defensive line coach to replace Eric Washington, who left to become the Bears’ defensive coordinator.

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