Texans don’t want to lose Romeo Crennel

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The Texans allowed the least yards of any team in the NFL during the regular season, which was the main reason why they were able to win the AFC South and a playoff game despite shoddy quarterback play and the 28th-most points in the league.

It’s also the easy explanation for why they’d prefer not to make a change at defensive coordinator heading into the 2017 season. Romeo Crennel agreed to a three-year deal with the team in 2014, which means he could make a move if he so desired. Coach Bill O’Brien hopes that’s not the case.

“I think Romeo has done a great job,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I know we would love to have him back. I can tell you Romeo is a great coach and just means a lot to me personally. We would love to have Romeo back here.”

The Texans defense thrived this season despite playing without defensive end J.J. Watt for almost the entire year and other injuries meant the team did a lot of mixing and matching on their way to the postseason. Plugging those players back into the unit along with Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and the other players who were the core of this year’s unit provides reason to believe the unit can be among the best in the league again next year.

7 responses to “Texans don’t want to lose Romeo Crennel

  1. If Watt comes back healthy, Clowney and Mercilus keep improving, playing great? This will be a damn scary defense next year. I’d bet Romeo comes back.

  2. sopadegato says:
    Jan 17, 2017 11:17 AM

    Crennel gets too much credit for a defense that Wade Phillips built.

    FWIW, there’s only a few defensive players left on the team that were there in 2013.

  3. I’ve never understood why defensive rankings go by yards instead of points. Isn’t the defense’s job to prevent scoring? Houston’s defense is excellent but they weren’t the best in the NFL this season. My guess is Romeo stays in Houston. Most people don’t like moving around every few years; he’s got a good thing going and Houston will most likely pay the man.

  4. I’ve never understood why defensive rankings go by yards instead of points. Isn’t the defense’s job to prevent scoring?


    mostly because of starting field position. If you have a QB that throws INTs in your own end, the defense is given a short field more often than not. Point against might not show the true details. Yards allowed doesn’t either but its a truer measure.

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