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Texans tab Crennel as DC

Houston, TX ( - The Houston Texans have hired Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator, first-year head coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday.

Crennel comes to Houston after spending three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he served as defensive coordinator (2010-11), interim head coach (2011) and head coach (2012).

The 66-year-old Crennel spent four seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2005-08) after helping the New England Patriots win three Super Bowl titles from 2001-04 as their defensive coordinator.

Also added to O'Brien's staff on Wednesday were Jim Bernhardt (director of football research), John Butler (secondary), Doug Colman (assistant special teams), Paul Dunn (offensive line), Craig Fitzgerald (head strength and conditioning), George Godsey (quarterbacks), Sean Hayes (assistant strength and conditioning), Stan Hixon (wide receivers), Tim Kelly (offensive quality control), Will Lawing (defensive quality control), Charles London (running backs), Anthony Midget (assistant secondary), John Perry (tight ends), Anthony Pleasant (assistant strength and conditioning) and Mike Vrabel (linebackers).

"We've put together a great staff of enthusiastic and passionate coaches with good character who have successful backgrounds in coaching," O'Brien said. "It was important to put together a group who will be great teachers and I'm excited to begin our preparations for the 2014 season."

Houston also retained Bob Ligashesky as special teams coordinator.

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