Houston Texans announce Bill O’Brien’s coaching staff


Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans helmet on the sidelines against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Vikings 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The foundation for the 2014 Houston Texans got a bit more secure this week where they released the official list of their 16 assistant coaches that will be under new head coach Bill O’Brien.

The coaches are:

– Romeo Crennel (defensive coordinator)
– Jim Bernhardt (Director of Football Research)
– John Butler (secondary)
– Doug Colman (assistant special teams)
– Paul Dunn (offensive line)
– Craig Fitzgerald (head strength and conditioning)
– George Godsey (quarterbacks)
– Sean Hayes (assistant strength and conditioning)
– Stan Hixon (wide receivers)
– Tim Kelly (offensive quality control)
– Will Lawing (defensive quality control)
– Charles London (running backs)
– Anthony Midget (assistant secondary)
– John Perry (tight ends)
– Anthony Pleasant (assistant strength and conditioning)
– Mike Vrabel (linebackers)

O’Brien said of the coaching staff in the official release by the Texans:

"“We’ve put together a great staff of enthusiastic and passionate coaches with good character who have successful backgrounds in coaching. It was important to put together a group who will be great teachers and I’m excited to begin our preparations for the 2014 season.”"

This is a good coaching staff in my opinion, but now it is time for this group to get the team back on the right track and not take a step backwards in 2014.

I think Vrabel could be one of the best young coaches in the NFL now (he coached defense two seasons at Ohio State), because I believe he can bring a spark for the Texans defense. He has not been retired for that long as he knows what it takes, as a player, to win a Super Bowl.

I’m also a fan of having Crennel as the defensive coordinator, because having a former head coach on the staff can only help O’Brien in his transition from the college game back to the pro game.

For more information on each coach, click here for the official release.