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Houston Texans Coaching Changes: Mike Vrabel Promoted To Defensive Coordinator, Romeo Crennel To Assistant Head Coach

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Albert Breer reports the Texans are shaking up the defensive coaching structure.

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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.

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.

Breer added that the Chargers and Redskins looked at Vrabel for their defensive coordinator vacancies.

Vrabel interview with the 49ers last season for their defensive coordinator vacancy, but declined the offer to work under Chip Kelly.

Both Crennel and Vrabel joined the Texans with Bill O’Brien in 2014.

UPDATE:

Fox 26’s Mark Berman has confirmed the initial report.