10 facts about Texans new DC Crennel

10 facts about Texans new DC Crennel
January 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
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The Texans and Romeo Crennel reached an agreement to make the 66-year-old their new defensive coordinator on Monday.

Here are 10 facts you may or may not know about Crennel:

1. Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells have exactly zero Super Bowl championships as head coaches without Crennel.

Crennel was the defensive coordinator for all three of Belichick's Super Bowl wins with the Patriots. He was on the coaching staff for both of Parcells' two Super Bowl wins with the Giants. For one, he was a special teams coach. For the other, he was the defensive line coach.  

2. While he's had success as a position coach and coordinator, Crennel hasn't had success as a head coach. He owns a 28-55 record. Of his five full seasons, he's had just one winning record. He has the fourth worst winning percentage all-time among coaches with at least 80 games.  

3. A four-year starter at Western Kentucky in the late 60s, Crennel switched from defensive line to offensive tackle during his senior season to help the team.

4. Crennel's nickname is "RAC."

5. Romeo's younger brother, Carl Crennel, was taken in the 1970 NFL Draft in the ninth round out of West Virginia. He played just one season in the NFL but had an 11-year career in the CFL.  

6. While with the Patriots in 2003, Crennel was named the NFL's Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

7. Crennel first worked with Parcells in 1975, when Crennel became a defensive assistant at Texas Tech. Parcells was a linebackers coach. Crennel reunited with Parcells in New York in 1981, when he took his first job in the NFL as a special teams coach for the Giants. The two worked together again in New England from 1993-96, when Crennel was defensive line coach and Parcells was head coach. He was Parcells' D-line coach with the Jets from 1997-99 too.

8. Crennel began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1970. He was named the defensive line coach the following season and held that position until he left for Texas Tech.

9. Romeo Crennel is the eldest of five siblings. Crennel's father, Joseph, was an Army Seargent.

10. He has a sister named Juliet.

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