The 2016 Texans’ season was for the most part a disaster. The only oasis was the play of the defense, which finished as the No. 1 defense in the league. Much of the success can be attributed to defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
The Texans appear to be preparing to reward both with new titles for the 2017 season. MMQB’s Albert Breer reports the Texans will elevate Crennel to assistant head coach and name Vrabel the new defensive coordinator.
Per sources, the Texans are promoting LBs coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator. Romeo Crennel expected to stay, likely as ass't HC.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 18, 2017
It would be a shrewd move by the Texans, with Crennel’s contract expiring and Vrabel being looked at for DC positions across the league the past two seasons.
Worth mentioning: The Chargers requested to talk to Mike Vrabel about their defensive coordinator spot, Redskins showed interest too.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 18, 2017
Both Crennel and Vrabel joined the Texans with Bill O’Brien in 2014.
Fox 26’s Mark Berman has confirmed the initial report.