February 21, 2018

Bill O’Brien Finalizes the Houston Texans Coaching Staff Adding Much Needed Experience

Head Coach Bill O’Brien has finalized his coaching staff for 2018 and has added seven new faces to his staff. O’Brien saw his staff from 2017 find new homes most notably Mike Vrabel landing as the Tennessee Titans new head coach.

O’Brien has added some much-needed experience with his coordinator positions by bringing back Romeo Crennel for his 4th season as Texans defensive coordinator and 36th season in the NFL. Also, O’Brien has 30 year NFL coaching veteran Brad Seeley as the new special teams coordinator, the 3rd different coordinator since taking over the Texans in 2014.

A key addition to the Texans staff is former Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator John Pagano. Pagano joins the Texans as a Senior Defensive Assistant and the outside linebacker coach. Pagano has 22 seasons worth of NFL coaching experience which is a plus addition to a defense that needs help on all levels.

Texans 2018 Coaching Staff

Name Title
Romeo Crennel Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Brad Seely Special Teams Coordinator
Danny Barrett Running Backs
Mike Devlin Offensive Line
Tim Kelly Tight Ends
Bobby King Inside Linebackers
Will Lawing Offensive Assistant / Offensive Line
D’Anton Lynn Assistant Secondary
Anthony Midget Secondary
Matt O’Donnell Defensive Quality Control
John Pagano Senior Defensive Assistant / Outside Linebackers
John Perry Wide Receivers
Luke Richesson Senior Director of Sports Performance
Sean Ryan Quarterbacks
Tracy Smith Assistant Special Teams
Anthony Weaver Defensive Line
Wes Welker Offensive / Special Teams Assistant

Quick Hitters on the Texans Coaching Staff

Romeo Crennel – Last time he ran the Texans defense they were the top defense in the NFL in yards against. Crennel has never had a defense that has ranked worse that 11th in the NFL in points or 16th in yards.

Brad Seely – appeared in 9 conference championships and has 3 Super Bowl rings. Worked with O’Brien and Crennel in New England.

Danny Barrett – head coach in the CFL for 7 seasons, worked as the Dolphins running back coach the past two seasons. Credited for Jay Ajayi’s breakout season in 2016 for the Dolphins.

Mike Devlin – enters his 4th season with the Texans, coordinates the run game. Since his arrival the Texans have the 4th most rushing yards in the NFL in that time span with 5,432.

Tim Kelly – enters his second season as the tight end coach and had to deal with a depleted tight end group in 2017.

Bobby King – first season as Texans line backer coach helped coach up impressed rookie seasons for Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. The two rookies had the 2nd most tackles for a rookie combo in the NFL in 2017 with 107 under King.

Will Lawling – back to coach the offensive line with Devlin, he has helped on both sides of the football since arriving with the Texans in 2014. One of the few holdovers during the O’Brien era.

Anthony Midget – takes over as the Texans secondary coach after spending the first four seasons as the assistant secondary coach. Midget worked with the safety group the first four seasons.

Matt O’Donnell – arrives for his 1st season in the NFL and will take over the defensive quality control position with the exit of Shane Bowen who went to the Titans with Vrabel. O’Donnell has been with Duke and Southern Miss starting his coaching career.

D’Anton Lynn – 6th season in the NFL with one season as a scout with the New York Jets. Lynn has worked as a defensive assistant with the Jets, Bills and Chargers. Son of Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn and will be the assistant secondary coach working with Midget.

John Perry – One of the more instrumental coaches for the Texans offense and helped the Texans wide receiver group in 2017. DeAndre Hopkins posted career highs with Perry and the group in general took a jump in production. Perry also helped build the offense around Deshaun Watson.

Luke Richesson – the Texans new Senior Director of Sports Performance and will oversee the weight room and conditioning work of the players. Richesson was with the Broncos for the past six seasons and was named S&C coach of the year in 2013.

Sean Ryan – returns to the Texans after taking two interviews for offensive coordinator vacancies with the Vikings and Browns. Ryan worked next to Deshaun Watson and helped build an offense highlighting the young quarterbacks strengths.

Tracy Smith – Smith has been with Seely as his assistant special teams coach. This is his 4th team to work along side with Seely and his 9th season overall.

Anthony Weaver – The Titans and Vrabel tried to pry away Weaver from the Texans but that was for not. Weaver continues as the Texans defensive line coach with a young core of players. Weaver has helped build up young players like Jadeveon Clowney, D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins.

Wes Welker – Texans denied the Broncos attempt to hire him as the wide receiver coach. Welker worked closely with the Texans wide receiver and returner. Welker has helped the slot wide receiver especially learn the nuances of the Texans offense.



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