Tue, 17 May 2022

Jim Wyatt

NASHVILLE - Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has been named 2021 NFL Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Vrabel guided the Titans to a record of 12-5 during the regular season, and his team captured the AFC's No.1 seed for the first time since the 2008 season. The 12 wins in the regular season were the most for the franchise since 2008, when the Titans finished 13-3.

Vrabel's Titans won the AFC South for the second straight season, and the organization made its third consecutive postseason appearance in his four seasons as head coach.

The Titans used 91 players during the 2021 season, an NFL record for a non-strike season.

It's the first PFWA Coach of the Year honor for Vrabel, and the second Coach of the Year honor for the Titans' franchise. Sid Gilman won the AFC award in 1974 with the then-Houston Oilers.

Vrabel's overall record since taking over as coach of the Titans is 44-27, including regular season and playoffs. In 2021, Vrabel tied Jack Pardee for the most total wins by a head coach in his first four seasons with the organization. In Pardee's first four seasons as head coach from 1990 through 1993, the Oilers were 43-26, including playoffs. Of all Titans/Oilers head coaches with at least four seasons with the franchise, Vrabel's career winning percentage ranks the highest.

In its 58th season in 2021, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams daily.

Past PFWA Coach of the Year winners:

1966 - Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys

1967 AFL - John Rauch, Oakland Raiders

1967 NFL - Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers

1968 AFL - Weeb Ewbank, New York Jets

1968 NFL - Don Shula, Baltimore Colts

1969 AFL - John Madden, Oakland Raiders

1969 NFL - Bud Grant, Minnesota Vikings

1970 AFC - Paul Brown, Cincinnati Bengals

1970 NFC - Dick Nolan, San Francisco 49ers

1971 AFC - Don Shula, Miami Dolphins

1971 NFC - George Allen, Washington Redskins

1972 AFC - Don Shula, Miami Dolphins

1972 NFC - Dan Devine, Green Bay Packers

1973 AFC - John Ralston, Denver Broncos

1973 NFC - Chuck Knox, Los Angeles Rams

1974 AFC - Sid Gilman, Houston Oilers

1974 NFC - Don Coryell, St. Louis Cardinals

1975 AFC - Ted Marchibroda, Baltimore Colts

1975 NFC - Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys

1976 AFC - Chuck Fairbanks, New England Patriots

1976 NFC - Jack Pardee, Chicago Bears

1977 - Red Miller, Denver Broncos

1978 AFC - Walt Michaels, New York Jets

1978 NFC - Dick Vermeil, Philadelphia Eagles

1979 AFC - Don Coryell, San Diego Chargers

1979 NFC - Dick Vermeil, Philadelphia Eagles

1980 AFC - Chuck Knox, Buffalo Bills

1980 NFC - Leeman Bennett, Atlanta Falcons

1981 AFC - Forrest Gregg, Cincinnati Bengals

1981 NFC - Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers

1982 AFC - Tom Flores, Los Angeles Raiders

1982 NFC - Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins

1983 AFC - Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers

1983 NFC - Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins

1984 AFC - Chuck Knox, Seattle Seahawks

1984 NFC - Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers

1985 AFC - Raymond Berry, New England Patriots

1985 NFC - Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears

1986 AFC - Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland Browns

1986 NFC - Bill Parcells, New York Giants

1987 AFC - Ron Meyer, New England Patriots

1987 NFC - Jim Mora, New Orleans Saints

1988 AFC - Sam Wyche, Cincinnati Bengals

1988 NFC - Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears

1989 AFC - Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers

1989 NFC - Lindy Infante, Green Bay Packers

1990 - Art Shell, Los Angeles Raiders

1991 - Wayne Fontes, Detroit Lions

1992 - Bobby Ross, San Diego Chargers

1993 - Dan Reeves, New York Giants

1994 - Bill Parcells, New England Patriots

1995 - Dom Capers, Carolina Panthers

1996 - Dom Capers, Carolina Panthers

1997 - Jim Fassel, New York Giants

1998 - Dan Reeves, Atlanta Falcons

1999 - Dick Vermeil, St. Louis Rams

2000 - Jim Haslett, New Orleans Saints

2001 - Dick Jauron, Chicago Bears

2002 - Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

2003 - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

2004 - Marty Schottenheimer, San Diego Chargers

2005 - Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

2006 - Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

2007 - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

2008 - Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins

2009 - Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

2010 - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

2011 - Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

2012 - Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts

2013 - Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

2014 - Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals

2015 - Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

2016 - Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

2017 - Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

2018 - Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears

2019 - John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

2020 - Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns

The PFWA presented AFL and NFL Coach of the Year awards from 1967-69 and AFC and NFC Coach of the Year awards from 1970-89, with the exception of 1977.

The PFWA's Coach of the Year award was presented in conjunction with Pro Football Weekly from 1992-2012.

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