Football Writers Award Texans' Romeo Crennel For Lifetime Achievement

SportsRadio 610 Staff
June 29, 2020 - 12:47 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- The Professional Football Writers of America have acknowledged Texans associate head coach Romeo Crennel with the lifetime achievement award for assistant coaches. 

Crennel was selected as one of the 2020 Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award winners, along with the late Bill Arnsparger, who helped take three different franchises to the Super Bowl.

Crennel, 73, is in his 38th NFL season and seventh with the Texans, where he's been associate head coach and defensive coordinator. He was recently replaced as coordinator by defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

Crennel came to Houston in 2014 following a three-year stint with the Kansas City Chiefs (2010-12) where he was defensive coordinator (2010-11), interim head coach (2011) and head coach (2012).

He was also the Cleveland Browns head coach from 2005-08. From 2001-04, Crennel was the defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, where he helped the team win three Super Bowls and was the PFWA’s 2003 Assistant Coach of the Year.

Crennel was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in 2000, defensive line coach with the New York Jets (1997-99) and the defensive line coach for New England (1993-96). He began his NFL coaching career with the New York Giants in 1981 and spent 12 seasons (1981-92) as defensive line coach, special teams coach and special teams/defensive assistant coach.

Crennel was a key component to the success of three Bills – Parcells, Belichick, and O’Brien. He has coached in six Super Bowls (XXI and XXV with the Giants and XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX with the Patriots), with five titles.

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