Because we won't have clarity on Bill Belichick's future with the Patriots for some time, the speculation about who could replace him continues. Over the last several weeks, Mike Vrabel has been a name constantly in the conversation, as he is allegedly Robert Kraft's favorite to succeed Belichick if the duo parts ways this offseason.
Given that Vrabel spent most of his career in New England, winning three Super Bowls and being named to several all-time Patriots teams, it's not surprising that the team owner would love to see him return to the franchise he contributed so much to.
It even looked like Kraft was trying to butter him up this season, as he had his Patriots Hall of Fame induction during the Titans' bye week, which Vrabel attended and watched the game with the owner in his suite. During his acceptance speech, the former linebacker praised the organization, saying being there is unlike anywhere else.
“I’ve been a lot of places. This is a special place with great leadership, great fans, great direction, great coaching. Enjoy it. It’s not like this everywhere.”
That further increased the conversation about his connection to the team despite being under contract with Tennessee until 2025.
Since it was revealed that Kraft was eyeing him for the job next season, there have been conflicting reports regarding Vrabel's availability and desire to move on from his current position. But the latest update from Bleacher Report says he is, in fact, interested in the idea of replacing Belichick next year if the team parts ways with him.
NFL insider Josina Anderson confirmed the report more with a tweet a bit later saying sources close to the situation say Vrabel's future with the Titans is "50/50" right now, which is far better odds than what has been said in recent weeks.
This adds an extra layer to an offseason full of inevitable changes. This news comes on the heels of Belichick's willingness to forgo his duties as the team's general manager if it's in the team's best interest.
That was a bold statement to start the offseason and could play a significant part in how the rest of the year goes.