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L.A. Rams Have Received Permission to Interview Texans’ LB Coach Mike Vrabel For Head Coach Vacancy

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Probably didn’t see this one coming.

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Just when you thought the Los Angeles Rams had their hands full with interviews, which they have scheduled with just about every potential head coach candidate available...a new name emerges.

According to Albert Breer, of MMQB, the Rams have received permission to interview Houston Texans’ LB’s coach Mike Vrabel.

If you’ve been a Rams’ fan for some time, then you’ll remember Vrabel completing an excellent trio of linebackers - alongside Willie McGinest and Tedy Bruschi - for the New England Patriots in the early 2000’s. All three played in Super Bowl XXXVI, when an Adam Vinatieri field goal helped the Patriots narrowly escape the Rams for a victory.

More recently, Vrabel has served under the Bill O’Brien and Romeo Crennel in Houston, working with the likes of Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing as the team’s linebackers coach.

Prior to that, he spent three seasons at Ohio State serving as both a linebackers coach and defensive line coach. During that short span, he worked with a few very noteworthy young NFL players such as Ryan Shazier, Joey Bosa, and Noah Spence.

Vrabel, a three-time Super Bowl Champion (2001, 2004, and 2005 seasons) is a guy highly respected for his football smarts, and would most likely come with a very high recommendation from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

In September of 2015, Vrabel was amongst the list of 108 modern day nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016.

Little has been said about their quality of the Rams interviews thus far, or what their intentions might be. But it appears the Rams are doing their due diligence in the process, in hopes of finding the guy who can turn this thing around for their organization.

According to Breer, the Rams will aim to speak to him after the Texans take on the Patriots next weekend.