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Romeo Crennel | Defensive Lineman

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (69) / 6/18/1947
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Texans DC Romeo Crennel is expected to remain with the team as assistant head coach.
LBs coach Mike Vrabel is being promoted to defensive coordinator, but Crennel, whose contract expires next week, is expected to stay on staff. That way the Texans don't lose any important coaches, and Vrabel gets a promotion out of it to keep him away from teams still searching for defensive play-callers. Crennel will turn 70 later this year (in June). Jan 18 - 9:57 AM

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Texans DC Romeo Crennel said he has no intention to retire.

The question is important because Crennel just finished the final year of his contract in Houston. One of the best coordinators in the game, re-signing Crennel should be one of the Texans' first priorities this offseason, and it sounds like coach Bill O'Brien knows it. "I can tell you Romeo is a great coach and just means a lot to me personally," O'Brien said. "We would love to have Romeo back here." The two sides should work something out.
Jan 17 - 10:34 AM

Texans hired Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator.

The Texans finally make it official, inking Crennel to a three-year deal. It's a natural fit as he runs the 3-4 scheme Wade Phillips used for the last three seasons and Crennel is a Bill Belichick disciple -- just like new offensive-minded head coach Bill O'Brien. Fueled by J.J. Watt, the former Browns and Chiefs head coach will have an excellent chance to turn around a Texans defense that gave up the eighth-most points in the league last year. They ranked seventh in yards allowed.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 08:30:00 AM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Texans will hire Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator.

Marvez adds that new coach Bill O'Brien has decided to let all of the assistants from Gary Kubiak's staff out of their contracts, and that includes former defensive boss Wade Phillips. Crennel has been out of the league since "leading" the Chiefs to a 2-14 record in 2012. Long a two-gap 3-4 defensive coach, we hope Crennel doesn't turn J.J. Watt into a block-occupying defensive lineman, and rather allows Watt to continue to create havoc.
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 10:27:00 AM

The Houston Chronicle cautions to "not be surprised" if the Texans hire Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator.

Crennel, 66, was out of the league this season. New head coach Bill O'Brien and Crennel both have Patriots ties, but the two were never on the same staff. Crennel worked in New England from 2001-2004, while O'Brien was there from 2007-2011. Longtime beat writer John McClain mentioned Crennel. McClain doesn't simply throw stuff against the wall and hope that it sticks. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport chimed in and agreed there's a "good possibility" Crennel gets the gig. Crennel runs a 3-4 scheme.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 12:49:00 PM