Crennel will replace former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who was fired by new head coach Bill O’Brien a couple days following his hiring as the new Texans head coach.
Crennel uses a 3-4 defensive scheme.
The contract is said to be for three years.
I’m a fan of this hire for the fact Crennel knows what he’s doing as an NFL defensive coordinator, and he’s fresh-minded from the NFL grind. Crennel took the past year off after being fired by the Kansas City Chiefs as their head coach following the end of the 2012 season.
Crennel was previously a head coach for the Cleveland Browns, and an defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots where he won the Super Bowl.
NFL.com reported Saturday the following:
“Although Crennel and O’Brien are both members of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, they never spent time on the same staff in New England. Crennel oversaw a top 10 defense in three of four years with the Patriots early last decade.”