Is Vrabel Done, Coaching Next?

The website reports on Thursday that Mike Vrabel will soon announce his retirement from the Chiefs and the NFL and become an assistant coach at his alma mater Ohio State.

Reportedly the announcement could come as early as Monday.

Two sources at Ohio State told the website that while it’s not a done deal, “there’s a very good chance” Vrabel will join the staff of new head coach Luke Fickell; he was the Buckeyes defensive coordinator and became the head coach when Jim Tressel resigned in May.

Vrabel and Fickell were teammates and roommates at Ohio State as undergraduates and have remained close friends. When Fickell was announced as the new head coach, Vrabel attended the press conference in Columbus.

At the time he said: “Luke hasn’t said he wants me on his staff. Luke knows I still have time to play, and I’m traveling to Chicago or New York for meetings with the owners. Luke knows I’ve got a bunch on my plate right now.

“I think it’s certainly something I’d be interested in under the right situation. I’d have to look and see when my playing career comes to an end and my involvement with the players association and being on the executive committee and being in that role.”

The 14-year veteran has spent two seasons with the Chiefs, playing in 30 games and contributing 113 total tackles, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and a pair of TD catches in goal line situations. Overall with Pittsburgh (1997-2000), New England (2001-08) and the Chiefs (2009-10), he played in 206 regular season games with 140 starts. He was credited with 794 total tackles, 57 sacks, 11 INT, 19 forced fumbles and 8 recovered fumbles. He also caught 10 passes in the regular season for a total of 14 yards and 10 touchdowns, none longer than two yards.

Over his career, he played in 20 post-season games, with 98 total tackles, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and two TD catches, both in the Super Bowl.

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