Romeo Crennel announces his retirement

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Longtime NFL coach Romeo Crennel announced his retirement on Monday.

Crennel was working as a senior advisor for football performance for the Texans and he spent the last eight years working for the AFC South team. Crennel released a statement through the team to mark the end of his coaching career.

“Football has been my entire life and it’s been a dream come true to coach for 50 years,” Crennel said. “There are so many friends to thank who have helped me and supported me throughout my career. I especially want to thank the fans and owners of the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans for allowing me to contribute to the game that I have loved so much for so long. I’ll miss everything about coaching and teaching, but the thing I’ll miss the most is being around the guys every day. My goal was to put every player and coach in the best position to succeed and I consider every guy I coached or worked with a part of my family.”

Crennel coached in college for more than a decade before becoming the Giants’ special teams coach in 1981. He became their defensive line coach in 1990 and then moved on to stints working under Bill Parcells with the Patriots and Jets in the same job. He became the Browns defensive coordinator in 2000 and then won three Super Bowls in four years running the Patriots defense.

Crennel was hired as the Browns head coach in 2005 and went 24-40 over four years. He moved on to run the Chiefs defense in 2010 and became the interim head coach after Todd Haley was fired the next year. He went 4-15 before being fired after the 2012 season.

The Texans were next up for Crennel. He became their defensive coordinator in 2014, their assistant head coach in 2017, and their interim head coach after Bill O’Brien was fired in 2020. He was 4-8 in that stint, which leaves him with a lifetime head coaching record of 32-63.

12 responses to “Romeo Crennel announces his retirement

  1. Kind of funny that the team he was actually hired to be the head coach for and the other where he coached most of the year as the interim are closest to the bottom of his list, lol.

  2. The Giants organization continued to hold him in very high regard even though it had been 30 years since he last coached there. He mentored so many young men who became excellent adults with his help.

  3. Great guy and a class act. He got a pretty raw deal in Cleveland as the HC. Romeo has definitely earned his retirement.

  4. Good for him always a class guy and a pretty good coach. Enjoy your retirement Sir!

  5. Congrats on an influential career. Always rooted for him because he was such a great guy.

  6. His personality was one of the few good things going for KC during the Pioli years, which often get overshadowed by the Jovan Belcher tragedy. He deserves all the credit in the world for trying to talk him down from the ledge. Enjoy your time RAC, you more than earned it.

  7. The NFL will not be without its Romeo! Packers just drafted Romeo Doubs out of Nevada who will join the wide receivers in Aaron Rodgers’ offense.

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