The Titans went up 17-7 against the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. They then allowed 28 straight points.
After the Texans’ Divisional Round loss, many were clamoring for the firing of Romeo Crennel. Yet no one had any answers for what the man with a bad secondary and a bad pass rush should have done differently to stop an incredible passing offense with a transcendent quarterback and the league’s fastest skill players.
Those who wanted Romeo Crennel gone got their wish today. Crennel is no longer Houston’s defensive coordinator, and the Texans promoted defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to DC to replace Crennel.
To be clear, Crennel hasn’t been fired. He can remain with the organization, kind of like he did back in 2017 when Mike Vrabel was elevated to defensive coordinator. Crennel may stick around Houston, or he could look to work somewhere else, or he could decide at the age of 72 he’s had enough of this.
Crennel has been the team’s primary defensive coordinator since Bill O’Brien was named head coach in 2014. During the five years he was Houston’s defensive coordinator, the Texans allowed 19.2 points a game (7th), 19.6 points a game (7th), 20.5 points a game (11th), 19.8 points a game (4th), and 24.1 points a game (19th). The season Crennel stepped into the press box and Vrabel called the defense, the Texans allowed 27.3 points a game, which was worst in the NFL.
I don’t know if Weaver will be a bad or good defensive coordinator. He may be even better than Crennel was. What I do know is Crennel was great at his job and guided the Texans to top ten defensive finishes more often than not. In 2019, the Texans’ defense fell apart because of the talent Crennel had at his disposal, not because of the decisions he made.