Texans' First-Year Defensive Coordinator Anthony Weaver To Blend Fresh Ideas With Established System

Brandon Scott
May 28, 2020 - 3:05 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- Beyond his added creativity, first-year Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is expected to bring fresh ideas and also build off Romeo Crennel's system that is already established.

That's what J.J. Watt told reporters Wednesday when he met with media via Zoom conference.

"We've talked about it all. Weave (Anthony Weaver) and I talk all the time," Watt said when asked whether Weaver would use him differently along the defensive line. "We have great conversations and we definitely have some exciting plans. I like what he has planned for the defense, I think that he's going to bring some new things, some fresh things while also building off of some of the things that RAC (Romeo Crennel) has taught him over the years as well.

"I’m really looking forward to it."

Watt declined to go into detail about how exactly he could be used differently, or what the playbook will look like. But it's clear that Weaver's energy is generating a buzz among players. 

Crennel, who has off-and-on been the Texans' defensive coordinator since 2014 (except for 2017, when current Titans coach Mike Vrabel held the position), is still around as the assistant head coach. 

He will continue to work closely with the defense. 

But Weaver, 39, offers a different vibe in relating to the players than the 72-year-old Crennel.

Weaver played in the NFL for seven years as a defensive end, including his final three seasons with the Texans. He was on the field as recently as 2008.

Watt used words like "fun," and "excitement" to describe what Weaver brings to the meeting room.

"I love Weave," said Watt, who Weaver coached on the defensive line from 2016 to 2019. "I think Weave is an incredible coach, I think that he's a great man, I think that he's going to do an unbelievable job for us as d-coordinator. I think that he has a great mixture of knowledge of the game, experience, but also personality to be able to handle the players in the room , to be able to inject some fun and excitement into meetings, practice and everything, all while bringing the knowledge necessary to run a good defense. I think he's done an incredible job with the d-line so far in doing those things, and I think he's going to do a great job as d-coordinator."