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Mike Vrabel can't remember a game where he didn't have butterflies in his stomach before kickoff. As a linebacker over 14 seasons Kris Versteeg Jersey , he could get rid of them with a crunching tackle.

He won't have that luxury Sunday in Miami making his NFL regular season head coaching debut with the Tennessee Titans.

"I don't think I'll need any hits from the team," Vrabel said Thursday. "We all just stay composed and do our jobs. That's the most important thing."

Not much is expected from the Titans this season with the coaching change despite Tennessee winning its first playoff game in 14 years with back-to-back 9-7 seasons . Vrabel has three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker with New England , and the coach who frequently picks up a blocking pad and works with the Titans in practices has made it very clear what he wants.

Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker said Vrabel doesn't care what people say outside of the locker room or about Tennessee's winless preseason. Vrabel's focus has been preparing the Titans for the regular season, and Walker said the coach has been tough on them.

"He's the type of guy he challenges you every day with questions asking you, 'What's the defensive players' names? What's their numbers?' And I think that's just to see how we've been preparing," Walker said. "I'm excited to see how he is when we get down there in Miami and get the game started."

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, another defensive lineman, thinks Vrabel's attitude of pushing everyone will help the Titans achieve more. Casey sees Vrabel creating a mindset that everyone has to bring more. Even on the practice field, the Titans are expected to jog between drills with Vrabel usually leading the way.

"That's what I love about him," Casey said. "He's expecting a lot from everybody. The stars, he's expecting more, and the young guy he's expecting you to rise up and become stars."

The Titans currently have a five-game winning streak in their first road game of the season, which started in 2013 with Mike Munchak.Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey kept that streak alive, wins that didn't deliver nearly enough to keep either man around very long.

Now it's Vrabel's turn with the Titans gambling that the man long pegged as the next surefire success as an NFL head coach succeeds in Tennessee. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who came out of a short retirement to come to Tennessee Matt Calvert Jersey , says Vrabel has been a professional as a player, assistant and coordinator. He expects nothing less now Vrabel is a head coach.

Nerves are part of the job even for experienced coaches like himself, according to Pees who's going into his 46th NFL season.

"If you haven't got a little something churning in your stomach, I think it's probably something wrong with you," Pees said. "You're not very competitive. So it's going to be exciting for him, and I'm excited to watch him too."

A handful of Titans made clear that whatever happens on the field falls on their shoulders.

Walker said Vrabel and the assistants he brought in have been great, but they can only put the Titans in position to execute. Veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard said the players can help minimize any growing pains by winning on game day for a man who played for a great coach in New England's Bill Belichick.

"It seems like he's a little bit more experienced than a first-time head coach," Woodyard said.

NOTES: Rookie LB Harold Landry (ankle) did not practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday. S Kendrick Lewis (foot) missed a second straight practice. RT Jack Conklin (left knee) and LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring) were limited. LB Derrick Morgan (knee) practiced fully after being limited Wednesday.
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Aaron Donald's two-year quest to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player finally ended in success Friday morning.

And just a few minutes after signing his deal, Donald was at work on the Los Angeles Rams' practice fields for the first time in months, determined to keep doing the same things that made him so very wealthy.

The All-Pro defensive tackle agreed to a six-year, $135 million deal, ending his second consecutive preseason holdout with a landmark commitment from the Rams.

"I feel good right now," Donald said. "To be back out here playing football again, that's what it is all about. Long process and a long wait. It was tough. Definitely it was tough for me, having a love for the game Womens Victor Rask Jersey , having to push that to the side and handle the business side."

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is signed through 2024, and the Rams' defense can rest solidly on its cornerstone as Los Angeles attempts to capitalize on last season's success with a Super Bowl run.

ESPN and the NFL Network reported the new deal includes a $40 million signing bonus and $87 million guaranteed. Donald is already under contract this season for $6.89 million in the final year of his rookie deal.

"It's a blessing," Donald said of his new deal, which surpasses Von Miller's contract in Denver as the new benchmark for defenders. "Growing up thinking about playing in the NFL, you never think that big, or expect something like that. But my dad told me since Day One, hard work pays off. I'm going to continue to work nonstop."

After skipping the Rams' entire offseason program and training camp, Donald started work right away, even showing up at the Rams' training complex to sign his contract earlier than scheduled Friday morning. When he joined practice later, the Rams finally got to see Donald alongside newcomer Ndamukong Suh and veteran Michael Brockers on their potentially destructive defensive line.

Earlier this week, Rams coach Sean McVay said Donald should be able to play in the Rams' Monday night regular-season opener in Oakland on Sept. 10 if he signed within the next few days. Donald has been working out at home in Pittsburgh during his holdout, and McVay checked in regularly with him.

"I feel good, but I've still got to get in football mode, as far as pass rushing moves and just knocking the rust off a little bit," Donald said. "But that will come in a couple of days."

The Rams managed to maintain a civil relationship with Donald throughout the two years of difficult negotiations. Donald and his representatives were determined to make him one of the NFL's highest-paid players at any position Ryan Johansen Jersey , but the Rams wanted to reward Donald while keeping their overall salary structure intact.

"I don't think you were ever miles apart," Rams general manager Les Snead said. "Everybody with common sense knew Aaron Donald was, at minimum, going to be the highest-paid defensive player in football. From there, you had to figure it out."

Since his rookie season in St. Louis as the 13th overall pick in the draft, the 27-year-old Pitt product has been one of the NFL's most dominant linemen with remarkable effectiveness against the run and the pass.

The compact powerhouse was chosen for the Pro Bowl after each of his four seasons, and he was a key component of Los Angeles' extraordinary one-year turnaround under McVay in 2017. With Donald adapting quickly to new veteran coordinator Wade Phillips despite missing training camp, the Rams won their division for the first time since 2003 and ended the franchise's streaks of 13 consecutive non-winning seasons and 12 straight non-playoff seasons.

Although Donald has 39 sacks in four NFL seasons, traditional statistics don't reflect the full measure of his disruptive play on the line. Phillips rhapsodizes about Donald's ability to force opposing offenses into bad decisions by his ability to wreck any blocking scheme with his low, ferocious charges through the line.

But Donald also took a hard line in negotiating his football future: Along with his training camp holdouts, he also skipped the Rams' entire offseason program this year. He didn't report last year until the day before the regular-season opener, forcing him to miss the Rams' first game.

He still was named the NFL's top defensive player despite playing in only 14 games, racking up 11 sacks and 41 tackles while forcing five fumbles for the NFC West champions. He also led the NFL with 91 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

Donald now must learn how to play alongside Suh after the five-time Pro Bowl selection joined the Rams as a free agent in March. They'll work together on a revamped defense that also includes new cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.

"It's interesting, 'cause it's always been on paper Mark Giordano Jersey , right?" Snead said. "Oh, Aaron Donald paired with Brockers and Suh and everyone else and the DBs. But to see him on the practice field now beside (Brockers), besides (Suh), with Aqib, you're like, 'OK, wait a minute. Here's what we set out to do.' And now you just look forward to going and playing a game."

With Donald in camp, the Rams finally have their near-term roster settled while still maintaining significant room on their payroll for 2019 鈥?just in time for quarterback Jared Goff to reach the fourth year of his rookie deal with the chance to negotiate a long-term contract.

Los Angeles demonstrated its willingness to pay top dollar for talent in recent months by acquiring those three defensive stars and agreeing to lucrative long-term deals with NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley, receiver Brandin Cooks and right tackle Rob Havenstein.

Yet those deals also were structured to make sure Donald could get the contract he deserved.

"They all made some sort of sacrifice for this moment," Snead said of Gurley, Cooks and Havenstein. "They didn't take less money. Th Seattle Seahawks Elite Jerseys
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