Albert Breer of TheMMQB reports that the Texans are promoting LBs coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator but Romeo Crennel is expected to remain with the team, likely as an assistant head coach.
This is an interesting move, considering how successful the Texans’ defense has been under Crennel. Even so, Vrabel has drawn interest for head-coaching jobs such as the 49ers and Breer reports that the Chargers and Redskins both requested permission to meet with him regarding their defensive coordinator jobs, so he was clearly in demand.
In regards to Crennel, his contract is up so the Texans will still need to sign him to a new contract, but it doesn’t sound like that is expected to be much of an issue.
Vrabel, 41, began his coaching career with Ohio State as their linebackers coach back in 2011. After the years with the Buckeyes, Vrabel was hired by the Texans as their linebackers coach where he’s remained since.
In 2016, the Texans ranked No. 1 in yards allowed, No. 11 in points allowed, No. 12 in rushing yards and No. 2 in passing yards.