Former Los Angeles Charger, USC Trojan, and Southern California native, Sean Salisbury told Matt “Money” Smith and Lorenzo Neal of the Bleav in Chargers podcast who he thinks should run the Chargers sidelines in 2024, former Tennessee Titans head coach, Mike Vrabel.
Salisbury Calls For Mike Vrabel As New Chargers Head Coach
Vrabel was a surprise firing after the season’s conclusion and since he hasn’t been reportedly sought after by any team. Shortly after Salisbury’s stance on Vrabel news dropped that the Los Angeles Chargers were interested in talking to the former New England Patriots linebacker. The Chargers interviewed Vrabel on Jan. 18th
As a head coach, Vrabel is 54-45 and went to the playoffs three of the six seasons he coached including a trip to the AFC Championship game after the 2019 season. Vrabel won Coach of the Year in 2021. His coaching tree included Arthur Smith and Matt LaFleur.
Salisbury’s point of view: “I want a guy who has been kicked in the teeth, who understands players but doesn’t let the players run the entire place because you got to know who is in charge. A guy who understands winning being in Tennessee with some lesser talent than other places.”
Salisbury went on to say that Harbaugh is “set in his ways” and that Belichick will “garner a lot of the power in the building.” This raises the question of fitting in with how the Spanos family runs the team. That is to say, how willing will they be to cede power to a larger-than-life figure like those coaches?
Vrabel worked well with the family-run Tennessee Titans organization for most of the six seasons working with two GMs.