Former DL coach Karmelowicz passes away

Former Texans defensive line coach Bob Karmelowicz passed away on Saturday, May 1, due to illness. He was 60.

Karmelowicz joined the Texans' coaching staff in 2006, Gary Kubiak's first year in Houston. That season, he helped No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams set what was then a team-rookie record with 4.5 sacks despite playing through plantar fasciitis. In 2007, Karmelowicz took on the role of special assistant to the head coach.

A 35-year coaching veteran, Karmelowicz had been a defensive line coach in the NFL since 1992. Over the past 18 seasons, he had stints with the Texans, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals. He was the Lions' defensive line coach in 2009.

Here's more on Karmelowicz from the Lions' web site. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his surviving family and friends.

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