Romeo Crennel agrees to be Texans' DC

Romeo Crennel agrees to be Texans' DC
January 20, 2014, 9:30 am
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The Texans have their defensive coordinator.

Romeo Crennel, who was waiting until after he coached the East-West Shrine Game, has agreed to a three-year deal to be the Texans' next defensive coordinator, CSNHouston confirmed Monday morning.

"It just felt like a good fit," Crennel said to CSN's James Palmer at the Senior Bowl. "And I enjoy football and so getting back in it and how Bill (O'Brien) wants to play, will be a good fit for me."

Crennel is in Mobile, Ala. this week, along with other Texans coaches, including head coach Bill O'Brien, for the Senior Bowl.

O'Brien and Crennel both coached in New England but their time with the Patriots didn't overlap. Still, Crennel enjoyed his meeting with O'Brien and is looking forward to working with him.

"Well, he seems like a normal guy," Crennel said of O'Brien. "Now, football is important to him and that's the best thing. But in sitting down and talking to him, he's a football coach. He's a normal guy. I think he has a plan for what he wants to do and how he wants to get it done. And I think it'll be a good working arrangement. I think he's brought some good people with him so that makes it exciting."

It seemed increasingly likely the Texans were going to get Crennel to coach this year when they hired Mike Vrabel to be their linebackers coach. Vrabel played under Crennel in New England and Kansas City. Vrabel was Ohio State's defensive line coach last year.

Crennel interviewed with the Texans on Jan. 8. He was the Chiefs' head coach from 2010-2012 before being fired. He took 2013 off. Before he was in Kansas City, Crennel was the Browns' head coach from 2005-08. He was the Patriots' defensive coordinator from 2001-04. His NFL coaching career began in 1981 with the Giants as a special teams coach.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the two sides reached an agreement on Monday.

Crennel has, in the past, run a two-gap 3-4 defense. It's different than former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips ran. Vrabel will be able to help Crennel switch the defense more smoothly.

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