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Texans keep Mike Vrabel by giving him a promotion

Texans keep Mike Vrabel by giving him a promotion

The Texans keep their top defensive staff in place.

Texans assistant coach Mike Vrabel had interest from other teams but will stay in Houston and be promoted to defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

The odd part about this move is that there wasn't an opening for defensive coordinator in Houston. Romeo Crennel held that spot and now will be shifted to another role, reportedly as an assistant head coach. It's unclear what his duties will be and whether Crennel, who'll turn 70 before next season, will continue to call defensive plays.

According to MMQB's Albert Breer, Vrabel, 41, received interest from the Chargers and Redskins for the same position. The Texans didn't want to lose their talented coach, so they decided this was the best option for everyone.


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Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker, began his coaching career at Ohio State. He then became the linebackers coach for Houston in 2014 and has held that position until now.

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