The Houston Texans are reportedly not ruling out a possibility of retaining interim head coach Romeo Crennel at the position through the 2021 season, according to NFL’s Ian Rapoport. He was named as the main tactician of the team after the firing of former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien and took over the position in Week 5 of the 2020 season.
A head coaching search for a struggling team like the Texans would not be viable especially under the present circumstances. The organization is leaning towards putting Crennel at the helm until they can already conduct face-to-face interviews with potential head-coaching candidates. But recent reports suggest Crennel could stay on even beyond this season.
The long-time tactician has been a staple in the league for quite some time already, having stints with multiple teams namely the New York Giants, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets. He also previously served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2005 to 2008 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.
He then landed in Houston back in 2014 as a defensive coordinator before being assigned to be an assistant head coach in 2017. Crennel held the post until the early stages of the 2020 season before taking over the reins from former head coach Bill O’Brien. He then became the oldest head coach in the NFL at the age of 73 and the first African-American interim head coach in franchise history.
After taking over the team with a 0-4 record, the tactician has since led the Texans to a 2-6 tally to nab third place in the AFC South division thus far. The franchise is expecting to finish their campaign with a respectable showing as they hope to potentially have Crennel at the helm for the remainder of the 2020 season.