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Romeo Crennel | Defensive Lineman

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (67) / 6/18/1947
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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. Jan 20 - 8:30 AM

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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.
Jan 4 - 10:27 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.
Jan 3 - 12:49 PM

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