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Romeo Crennel is new defensive coordinator

Posted Feb 5, 2014

One month after hiring head coach Bill O'Brien, the Texans announced 16 new assistants, including Romeo Crennel as their new defensive coordinator.

With 31 years of NFL experience, Romeo Crennel is the Texans' new defensive coordinator. Crennel has been a coach on five Super Bowl championship teams, winning three times with New England and twice with the New York Giants.

Crennel, 66, spent the majority of his career working under Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells and running a 3-4 defensive scheme. He was the former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. Nicknamed “Rac,” Crennel has coached the likes of defensive players such as Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, Ted Johnson, and Ted Bruschi in his NFL tenure.

Crennel got an early look at draft prospects on January 18 when he coached the West squad in the East-West Shrine college all-star game.

Crennel’s NFL timeline:

Kansas City Chiefs (2010-2012)
- Defensive coordinator (2010-2012)
- Interim head coach (2011)
- Head coach (2012)

Cleveland Browns (2005-2008)
- Head coach

New England Patriots (2001-2004)
- Defensive coordinator

Cleveland Browns (2000)
- Defensive coordinator

New York Jets (1997-1999)
- Defensive line coach

New England Patriots (1993-1996)
- Defensive line coach

New York Giants (1981-1992)
- Special teams coach (1981-1989)
- Defensive line coach (1990-1992)

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