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Romeo Crennel
Defensive Coordinator

Romeo Crennel takes over as associate head coach/defense for the Houston Texans in 2017. It is his fourth overall season with the team after spending the first three as defensive coordinator. The 2017 season will be Crennel’s 35th year coaching in the NFL. He has been part of 15 total playoff apperances with 11 division crowns, six conference titles, and has won five of the six Super Bowls he has appeared in (New York Giants – XXI and XXV, New England Patriots – XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX). 

Romeo Crennel takes over as associate head coach/defense for the Houston Texans in 2017. It is his fourth overall season with the team after spending the first three as defensive coordinator. The 2017 season will be Crennel’s 35th year coaching in the NFL. He has been part of 15 total playoff apperances with 11 division crowns, six conference titles, and has won five of the six Super Bowls he has appeared in (New York Giants – XXI and XXV, New England Patriots – XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX). 

From 2014-16, Crennel’s defense ranked third in the NFL in net yards allowed per game (319.9) and net passing yards allowed per game (218.4). Houston also ranked first in third-down defense (33.6%), fourth in opponent completion percentage (59.5) and sixth in points allowed per game (19.8).

The Texans are coming off back-to-back AFC South division championships and have put together three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. Houston’s 7-1 record at home and 5-1 record in the division in 2016 both tied franchise records. The team also won its first postseason game and advanced to the AFC Divisional Round for the first time since 2012.

The Texans finished last season with the NFL’s top-ranked defense for the first time in franchise history, surrendering an average of only 301.3 total net yards per game. They also gave up the fewest first downs (17.0) and second-fewest net passing yards (201.6) per game. From Weeks 8-17, Houston allowed an average of 71.9 net rushing yards per game and opponents only scored three rushing touchdowns during that span, both of which led the league. Houston was also the only team in the NFL to not allow a 300-yard passer in 2016 and has given up just one 300-yard passer in the last 32 regular season games.

Crennel and the Texans defense accomplished all these accolades despite losing DE J.J. Watt and CB Kevin Johnson to Injured Reserve and starting 20 different players on defense, which tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. The team also used 15 different starting lineup combinations on defense, which tied for the second-most in the league.

DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after posting personal bests in tackles (52), sacks (6.0), tackles for loss (16), quarterback hits (17) and games played/started (14). OLB Whitney Mercilus led the team in sacks for the first time in his career with 7.5 quarterback takedowns and tied for the NFL lead with four defensive fumble recoveries. ILB Benardrick McKinney led the team with a career-high 129 tackles and became the second player in franchise history with over 100 tackles and 5.0 sacks in a season. S Quintin Demps led all NFL safeties in 2016 with a career-high six interceptions, which also tied for the second-most in a single season in Texans history.

In 2015, Houston finished third in the league in net yards (310.2) and net passing yards allowed per game (210.4), fifth in opponent completion percentage (59.0) and seventh in points allowed per game (19.6). Houston, who won its first AFC South division championship since 2012, also set franchise single-season records for sacks (45) and third-down percentage (28.5). That percentage led the NFL in 2015 and was the lowest single-season mark by any NFL team since the 2003 Tennessee Titans (27.7).

The Texans allowed six points or less five times in 2015, which led the NFL and tied for the most such games in a season since the 1991 New Orleans Saints (six games). On the season, the Texans did not allow the opposing team to score a touchdown in four of their games.

DE J.J. Watt became the second player in NFL history to win Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back years under Crennel in 2015, to go along with being named to the Pro Bowl, AP NFL All-Pro First Team and PFWA All-NFL team. Watt led the NFL in sacks (17.5), tackles for loss (29) and quarterback hits (50) for the second straight year. Watt and Mercilus (12.0 sacks) combined for the most sacks by any pair of teammates in franchise history (29.5).

Texans ILB Brian Cushing enjoyed one of the best years of his career in 2015, totaling 110 tackles, while CB Jonathan Joseph set a career high with 22 passes defensed. The Texans defense also got major contributions from their rookie class with CB Kevin Johnson (nine passes defensed) and ILB Benardrick McKinney (58 tackles) playing key roles under Crennel in their first year in the league.

In 2014, the Texans defense made huge improvements and set multiple franchise records. The team posted a 4-1 record after Thanksgiving, leading the league in opponent completion percentage (49.2), third-down defense (22.6%) and rushing touchdowns allowed (0), while yielding just 260.1 net yards and 16.2 points per game in that time.

For the season, Houston became just the third team in the last 20 years to lead the league in takeaways, with a franchise-record 34, after finishing last the previous season (11 in 2013). The Texans also set a franchise record for points off turnovers and had 11 players record interceptions. They led the NFL with 35 points scored against opposing offenses and set a team record with five defensive touchdowns.

Watt had one of the best seasons ever for a defensive player in 2014 and became the most decorated player in franchise history, earning All-Pro, Pro Bowl and numerous player of the year honors, including the distinction of being the first-ever unanimous selection as NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Watt recorded five total touchdowns (three on offense), six takeaways, 20.5 sacks, a safety, and league bests of 51 quarterback hits and 29 tackles for loss.

Crennel came to Houston following a three-year stint with the Kansas City Chiefs (2010-12) where he served as defensive coordinator (2010-11), interim head coach (2011) and head coach (2012). In that time, his defense ranked 12th overall in the NFL (340.0 net yards per game) and sixth in pass defense (214.0 net yards per game). Under Crennel’s guidance in 2012, the Chiefs sent six players to the Pro Bowl, with four of them on the defensive side of the ball. The Chiefs’ six Pro Bowlers were the most the team had sent to the annual all-star game since the 2005 season and the four defensive players were the most making the trip since the 1995 season.

Prior to Kansas City, Crennel spent four seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2005-08) in his second turn with the organization. In 2007, he led Cleveland to a 10-6 record, the club’s best mark since finishing 11-5 in 1994. The Browns won a franchise-record seven consecutive home games in 2007 as six players were selected to the Pro Bowl.

From 2001-04, Crennel served as defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, where he helped the team win three Super Bowl titles. This was his second go-around with the organization and, during his four seasons in New England, the Patriots registered a 48-16 (.750) regular season record and a 9-0 postseason mark. The Patriots compiled 89 interceptions during his tenure, the second-highest total over that span behind only Tampa Bay (95). Crennel’s defensive unit also returned an NFL-high 14 interceptions for touchdowns from 2001-04.

In 2004, the Patriots defense tied for second in the NFL, allowing only 16.3 points per game en route to their Super Bowl XXXIX victory over Philadelphia.

Crennel was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America following the 2003 season. He led a Patriots defensive unit that allowed a league-low 14.9 points per game, the best single-season mark in team history. New England led the NFL with 29 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns in the regular season and went on to defeat Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

The Patriots ranked sixth in the NFL in 2001, surrendering just 17.0 points per game. Despite St. Louis averaging an NFL-high 31.4 points per game in 2001, Crennel’s unit limited the Rams to just 17 points in New England’s Super Bowl XXXVI victory.

Prior to a one-year stint as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in 2000, Crennel spent three seasons as the defensive line coach with the New York Jets (1997-99). The defense never allowed more than 20.0 points per game in any of his three seasons with the team. The Jets ranked second in the NFL in points allowed per game in 1998 as New York advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 1982.

Before joining the Jets, Crennel served as the defensive line coach for four campaigns in New England (1993-96), helping to propel the club to a berth in Super Bowl XXXI.

Crennel began his NFL coaching career with a 12-year period with the New York Giants (1981-92), serving as the defensive line coach (1990-92), special teams coach (1983-89) and special teams/defensive assistant coach (1981-82). During his tenure with the Giants, the club qualified for the playoffs six times, claiming wins in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. While with the Giants, Crennel worked with multiple Super Bowl-winning head coaches in Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin.

Crennel began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1970 at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, before enjoying a four-season stint (1971-74) as the school’s defensive line coach. From there, Crennel began his longtime association with Parcells at Texas Tech (1975-77) where Parcells served as defensive coordinator. He also spent two years at Mississippi (1978-79) coaching the defensive ends. Crennel concluded his collegiate coaching career with a one-year stop at Georgia Tech (1980).

A four-year starter on the defensive line for Western Kentucky, Crennel was elected captain as a senior. A rash of injuries during his senior season forced him to switch to offensive tackle where he earned team MVP honors. He attended Fort Knox High School in Fort Knox, Ky., and Central High School in Amherst, Va. His brother, Carl, entered the NFL as a ninth-round draft choice (209th overall) of Pittsburgh in 1970, playing one season with the Steelers before enjoying an 11-year career in the Canadian Football League. Crennel and his wife Rosemary have three daughters, Lisa Tulley, Tiffany Strokes and Kristine Cullinane. The Crennels have eight grandchildren.

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