Texans move Romeo Crennel back to defensive coordinator

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With Mike Vrabel leaving to become the head coach of the Titans, the Texans’ new defensive coordinator is their old defensive coordinator.

Romeo Crennel will regain the title of Houston’s defensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Crennel was previously the Texans’ defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2016. Last year the Texans switched Crennel’s title to associate head coach and promoted Vrabel to defensive coordinator.

The 70-year-old Crennel has had two stints as a head coach, once in Cleveland and once in Kansas City, and has been defensive coordinator in both of those places as well as in New England. Having been in the NFL in one capacity or another since 1981, he’s one of the league’s most experienced coaches.

The Texans’ defense has played well under Crennel, and with J.J. Watt set to return in 2018, there’s every reason to think they should play well under Crennel again.

11 responses to “Texans move Romeo Crennel back to defensive coordinator

  1. Poor Romeo only has five Super Bowl rings.

    The Texans obviously have the personnel on defense (when healthy) to be VERY good. If I were a Texans fan I’d be ecstatic about this move– you’re lucky to have a proven coach of Crennel’s caliber at that spot, even if it’s just for the short term.

  2. Stu Bidaciou says:
    January 21, 2018 at 7:01 am
    to the haters…notice all the Pat’s connection? And you are all wishing you can get one.
    Yeah, Josh McDaniels, his epic anger management issues, his cheating as head coach, and subsequent implosion in less than two seasons is what all fans long for. Lol.

  3. This is like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
    — Former Belichick defensive coordinators who’ve been NFL head coaches — 3 (Crennel, Groh, Mangini)
    — Successful former Belichick defensive coordinators as NFL head coaches — 0 (that’s a zero)

    Vrabel is in way over his head. This is going to be entertaining.

  4. Considering this year’s injuries on the defensive side, Vrabel did a nice job of keeping them competitive. He’ll do well in Nashville. Assuming Romeo still has the energy, he’ll do even better. Even if Watt’s health is in question, this squad has some talent.

    ONE. HEALTHY. YEAR. would be nice!!

  5. I’m kinda shocked that he isn’t going back to the Pats.

    Say what you want about Romeo as a head coach but those 03/04 Pats were damn near lights out of D (a couple exceptions like SB XXXVIII) and made Peyton Manning look downright incompetent.

    Have to believe that if he had ended up staying that the Pats probably would have got another ring in 06.

  6. Makes sense. The Texans didn’t want to lose Vrabel last year, which is why they bumped him up and made Crennel the Assistant Head Coach. With Vrabel gone they can turn the reins back over to Romeo.

    Great move.

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