Ex-Patriots LB Vrabel gets a trial run at stopping Brady

As a player, Mike Vrabel was always the smartest guy in the room. Or on the field. Just ask him. But that confidence was well-founded because he was that player. Thus, Vrabel’s rapid rise in the coaching ranks – he’s now the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans – was predictable for those who saw him make that same rise as a player in New England, where he went from Steelers castoff to cornerstone piece in a dynasty. “Mike had a lot of great qualities as a player, so yeah, no surprise,” Bill Belichick said earlier this week.  MORE PATRIOTS Five things to watch for tonight from the Patriots vs. Texans  Who's the most overrated Patriot?  Freeney among the available options if Pats are looking

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