Crennel is scheduled to coach in the East-West Shrine college all-star game next Saturday, after which time he will accept an offer to become recently-hired head coach Bill O’Brien’s DC, per the report.
Crennel will be the newest addition to O’Brien’s staff after it was announced that former New England Patriots’ linebacker Mike Vrabel has signed on to be the Texans’ new linebackers coach.
Crennel served as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2000 before moving on to take the same position with the New England Patriots from 2001-2004. He became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2005 where he went 24-40 over 5 seasons before moving on to be the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-2012.
Both O’Brien and Crennel served as Patriots’ assistants, but have never worked together.
Per the ESPN.com report:
However, Crennel asked for more time to fulfill his commitment as the head coach of the West college all-stars in the East-West Shrine game without distraction.
Consequently, the Texans and Crennel had no comment. Any announcement on their pending partnership would occur after the East-West game, sources said. [ESPN.com]