Romeo Crennel becomes oldest head coach in NFL history

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With Bill O’Brien out in Houston and veteran assistant (and former Browns and Chiefs) coach Romeo Crennel elevated to the interim job, Crennel is poised to make history.

Via NFL Research, Crennel will become the oldest person to coach an NFL game in the history of the league.

Crennel is 73. The next oldest coach in 101 NFL seasons was George Halas, who coached the Bears at 72.

The record could be broken within the next few years, by Pete Carroll and then by Bill Belichick. Regardless, Crennel’s name goes into a century-old record book, by virtue of being nearly three quarters of a century old when replacing Bill O’Brien as the head coach in Houston.

The last time Crennel served as an interim head coach, he did enough to win the permanent job in Kansas City. He’ll have 12 games to audition for the chance to coach the Texans when he’s 74, and possibly beyond.

10 responses to “Romeo Crennel becomes oldest head coach in NFL history

  1. The reason all these teams hired Bill Belichick’s assistants in the first place was because they wanted to try to replicate what they were doing in New England. In New England, only one man had all the power. O’Brien was also a one man show, and he got his team a whisker away from the super bowl last year. Now, for whatever reason, they’re turning their backs on doing things the Belichick way? I don’t get it. Oh well. Chalk it up. Another Belichick failure when out on their own. I just noticed something else. New England is 2-2 and Tampa Bay is 3-1. You don’t think Tom Brady had anything to do with all that winning in New England, do you? And we were all thinking it was the coach. How foolish are we?

  2. We’ve all seen the “Romeo Crennel as Head Coach” movie a couple of times now.

    SPOILER ALERT: It doesn’t have a happy ending.

  3. Despite the collapse last year against KC, Crennel is a well respected leader in the NFL community.

  4. NFL coaches must have horrible pension plans. Most people are enjoying retirement by the time they’re 73. These guys end up working until they drop dead.

  5. mackcarrington says:
    October 6, 2020 at 1:32 am
    NFL coaches must have horrible pension plans. Most people are enjoying retirement by the time they’re 73. These guys end up working until they drop dead.

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    Or it’s just their passion and love of the game. That said, if I were to get one 3 year NFL HC contract, I think I’d be set for life personally.

  6. O’Brien’s big failure was his team not being ready to play every week! One week they beat KC or the Pats. Next they get mauled by Denver. They beat themselves way to often. He’s had plenty of talent to work with, just didn’t get it done.

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