Romeo Crennel may be heading to the Houston Texans to fill the defensive coordinator position that Wade Phillips recently held. Although nothing is official, Chris Mortensen reports that Crennel looks like he will join Bill O’Brien’s staff after coaching the East-West Shrine college all-star game.Crennel, a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, has years of experience in the NFL. He began his career as a special teams coach of the New York Giants in 1981 and most recently was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He is well known for his role as the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots during their dynasty run from 2001-2004 in which the Patriots won three Super Bowls. As a head coach, Crennel owns a 28-55 record. He is being brought in to shore up a Texans’ defense that is a year removed from being one of the NFL’s top defenses. 2013 was a rough year for a Texans’ defense that finished dead last in the NFL in total take-aways (11) and 7th to last in points per game (26.8). Crennel, like Wade Phillips, runs a 3-4 defense, although his version of the 3-4 is different than the one Phillips implemented. O’Brien seemingly is interested in bringing in Crennel due to his previous ties with the Patriots. He looks like he will be a solid addition to O’Brien’s staff and another strong voice to help O’Brien’s transition to the NFL.
With the possibility of Mike Munchak being hired as the Texans offensive line coach and rumors of Eric Mangini being looked at as the Texans offensive coordinator, the Texans’ coaching staff could possibly have three former NFL head coaches patrolling the sidelines on Sundays this upcoming season. This possibility is an exciting one, but one that fans will have to wait on until official announcements are made. Although this past season was an extremely disappointing one, this new era for the Texans’ franchise is starting off with a bang and hopefully continues to generate excitement among the Texans’ fan base.