March 24, 2018

Houston Texans Bring Back Romeo Crennel to be their Defensive Coordinator


With the exit of Mike Vrabel to the Tennessee Titans, Bill O’Brien has announced that assistant head coach Romeo Crennel will be moved back defensive coordinator for the 2018 season. Crennel will take back the defensive unit after not calling the defense in 2017 due to Vrabel taking over the defense for one season.

“Yeah, he was still really involved with the defense this past year. He just had other duties helping me,” O’Brien said of Crennel to Fox 26s Mark Berman. “He won’t have as many of those duties. He’ll be back being the defensive coordinator and still have the assistant head coach title.”

Crennel had his contract expire after the 2016 season and the Texans retained him for 2017 as the assistant head coach. The Texans defense never finished lower 11th in point per game in his three seasons as defensive coordinator and posted defenses that finished #1 overall in yards given up per game in 2016 with Crennel as the defensive coordinator.

This will be a seamless move for the Texans moving back Crennel to the head up the defense for the 2018 season. Crennel was kept in the organization for this exact purpose to be the fallback plan for the coaching staff.


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