The Houston Texans have hired Romeo Crennel to be their defensive coordinator, signing him to a three-year deal.
Crennel has long been known as one of the best defensive coordinators in football, winning three Super Bowlchampionships with the New England Patriots in that role. He was also part of two Super Bowls with the New York Giants in 1986 and 1990 as a special teams and defensive line coach respectively.
Crennel’s addition to the staff brings a solid, experienced mind to the defensive front, and the Texans won’t have to adjust their scheme much due to his use of the 3-4 alignment that the team already installed during Phillips tenure at the position.
Crennel did not coach for any team last season after being fired as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach after the 2012 season. He has shared background with new coach Bill O’Brien from their days in New England (though they didn’t work together there), and his addition won’t require them to change much of their existing 3-4 alignment.
With Crennel in the mix, it assures Houston will be staying with the 3-4 style it played under Gary Kuniak and Wade Phillips. Crennel likes to employ a variety of looks, but plays a ton of cover two defense that allows for short passes but chokes off the deep ball. In other words, the Texans should get ready for a ton of bend-don’t-break.
As for Wade Phillips, the last Texans defensive coordinator who helped turn around the entire unit from one of the worst in the league to one of the best, he’s having a tough time in the job market.