Crennel Has His Own Little Spin On Texans Defense

Romeo The Ultimate Teacher

June 05, 2018 - 7:06 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – After a year away from calling plays, Texans Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel is ready for the task of doing it again.

“It’s just the same as it was before. I don’t think you forget what it takes and what you need to do. It’s all about evaluating, motivating and trying to put a good plan together and get the guys to execute and play it,” Crennel told the media after OTA’s on Tuesday.

Last year Mike Vrabel was calling the plays defensively and the numbers digressed from where they were in 2016 when Crennel was calling plays.  A large part, maybe all of it, was because of the injuries the Texans had last year, but Crennel has his own special touch.

“I think it’s the same foundation of our defense but he adds his own little spin to it. It’s just things that he does, his style is a little bit different,” Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said.

Crennel, 70, has been coaching for a long time.  He has over 40 years of experience in a coaching career that started in 1970 and while he enjoys calling plays he admits last season wasn’t as strenuous.

“I didn’t have to call the plays (last year). That’s stressful. There’s stress involved in calling the plays and preparing weekly for the game plan. I sat in and listened and all that good stuff, but when you know you don’t have that pressure, it’s a little bit easier,” Crennel added.

This year the stress is back, although at 70-years-old, he handles it well.  Crennel would be the first to tell you football is a big part of his life and that he doesn’t see an end in sight.  He also commands a lot of respect from seasoned Texan veterans.

“He’s the ultimate teacher. He’s been in this game forever, Super Bowls, playoffs. He’s got all the history. He’s coached several Hall of Fame, great players,” Texans Cornerback Jonathan Joseph says.

Being called the ‘ultimate teacher’ by a 12-year NFL veteran is quite the compliment, but it pales in comparison to what Crennel’s boss says about him.

“He’s a very bright person, very smart, very calm, very experienced. He’s wise. I go to him with a lot,” O’Brien said.  “A lot of different conversations that we have about not only Xs and Os but things off the field. He’s meant a lot to me.  It’s been great to have him on the staff here.”