Don’t be surprised if Texans hire Romeo Crennel as DC. He would be a tremendous hire.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 3, 2014
The Houston Texans could see two former Bill Belichick disciples on their staff if what John McClain, the long time reporter from the Houston Chronicle, is saying comes true. Bill O’Brien is more of an offensive mind from his time as the New England Patriots as an offensive coordinator and even in his time at Penn State. Meanwhile, Crennel has ties not only to Belichick but also Bill Parcells, having gathered a handful of Super Bowl rings in various assistant roles on the defensive side of the ball.
In fairness to McClain, he is more or less throwing this idea out as opposed to really reporting this as a likelihood but there are plenty of dots that can be connected. Crennel has been the defensive coordinator for Belichick and, for Todd Haley under former Patriots executive Todd Pioli. The former defensive lineman from Western Kentucky has not been afraid to strive out on his own, but he has taken advantage of his roots on multiple occasions.
The fit could be a good one as the Texans have a good base to stay in their 3-4 defense. They would likely opt for a substantially bigger nose tackle, but the defense has a lot of pieces necessary to succeed. Crennel has been able to do a nice job of getting players he inherits to buy in and make adjustments quickly, so the defense could be in position to make a run if the Texans can get their quarterback and O’Brien can get the offense to be effective.