Texans assistant coach Romeo Crennel announces retirement

The Houston Texans have announced that the senior assistant coach Romeo Crennel will retire after 50 years of training.

“Football has been my whole life and it’s been a dream come true to coach for 50 years,” Crennel said. “There are so many friends to thank who have helped and supported me throughout my career. I especially want to thank the fans and owners of the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans for allowing me to contribute to the game I have loved for so long. will be missed, but what I will miss the most is being with the guys every day. My goal was to put every player and coach in the best position to succeed and I consider every guy I have coached or worked with part of my family. I would also like to thank my wife Rosemary and my three daughters, Lisa, Tiffany and Kristine, for all their support over the years. Through their love and selflessness, I was able to achieve my dream. I am delighted to have the opportunity to spend more time with my grandchildren while remaining around football.

Crennel, 74, began his NFL coaching career with the Giants in 1981 as a special teams coach. He then took jobs with the Patriots, Jets and Browns before returning to New England in 2001 as a defensive coordinator.

After four seasons with the Patriots, Crennel was hired as head coach of the Browns. Sadly, he was later fired after four years with the team.

Crennel spent a few years with the Chiefs as defensive coordinator and interim head coach before the Texans were hired as defensive coordinator in 2014. Houston made the decision to promote Mike Vrabel in 2017 before returning the position of coordinator to Crennel in 2018.

He had resigned as defensive coordinator, but remained on the team as assistant head coach and was promoted to HC on an interim basis once. Bill O’Brien was fired. It remained under the new HC David Culley in 2021 as Senior Advisor for Football Performance.

Crennel finished his career with a 32-63 record as a head coach, which lasted seven seasons with the Browns, Chiefs and Texans. He has won five Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach, two with the Giants and three with the Patriots, and holds the record for oldest head coach to coach in a game.

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