HOUSTON: The Bill OBrien period is over in Houston, and now its as much as Romeo Crennel to assist the Texans attempt to flip round this dreadful season.
OBrien was fired as coach and normal supervisor on Monday after the Texans dropped to 0-Four for the primary time since 2008 with a loss to the Vikings final weekend. Team proprietor Cal McNair then made Crennel the groups interim coach for the remainder of this season.
Crennel has been an assistant for OBrien since 2014 and has coached each the Browns and the Chiefs in an NFL and faculty profession spanning 50 years. He isnt promising a miraculous change on Sunday when the Texans host the Jaguars (1-3), however he does have some expectations for his workforce.
I hope our angle and vitality is totally different, after which I hope that our efficiency is totally different, he stated.
Along with enhancing their mindset, Crennel believes the most important drawback for the Texans this season has been inconsistency, one thing hes targeted on enhancing this week.
There are instances that we do what had been speculated to do, and we glance good, Crennel stated. Then after we attempt to make a play, we get guys making an attempt to do an excessive amount of, then that opens up seams. Then we glance unhealthy.
My objective is to attempt to get us to look good on a extra constant foundation, he stated. Then I believe that can give us an opportunity to be within the recreation and have an opportunity to win.
Star defensive finish J.J. Watt wouldnt handle reviews that he received right into a verbal altercation with OBrien in observe two weeks in the past. But he did say that he thought a workforce with Deshaun Watson at quarterback wanted a change after the 0-Four begin.
I recognize and respect what we had, Watt stated. We gained 4 division titles in six years with Bill … however clearly this 12 months had been 0-Four and stuff wasnt working. When you may have the expertise that now we have, particularly on the quarterback place on this league, you cant be 0-4.
He then raved concerning the constructive air Crennel brings to work every single day.
You cant actually assist however smile when youre having a dialog with RAC, Watt stated. Im trying ahead to seeing what he can do and what he brings to our workforce. It ought to be enjoyable.
At 73, Crennel would be the oldest coach in NFL historical past when the Texans take the sector on Sunday, passing Hall of Famer George Halas, who was 72 in his final recreation with Bears in 1967. Crennel chuckled when advised of that reality, however stated he actually hasnt given his place in historical past a lot thought with every part else on his plate this week.
Im only a soccer coach and I take pleasure in teaching and thats why Im nonetheless teaching, he stated. So, Im simply going to attempt to make this workforce higher and attempt to win a soccer recreation.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone doesnt anticipate any massive modifications to the Texans underneath Crennel with Houston offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver nonetheless in place. But he believes the winless Texans may have a chip on their shoulders within the wake of OBriens firing.
People begin trying and saying: Hey, now we have to step up our recreation, he stated. So normally you get the very best effort from a workforce.
The Jaguars can be with out nickel cornerback D.J. Hayden (hamstring), inflicting some shuffling within the defensive secondary and leaving the unit with even much less expertise.
Third-year professional Tre Herndon is predicted to fill Haydens function on passing downs, placing rookie Chris Claybrooks or newcomer Sidney Jones on the sector reverse rookie CJ Henderson.
Jacksonville could be even youthful within the secondary if second-year security Andrew Wingard begins his fourth consecutive recreation. But Jarrod Wilson (hamstring) was activated from injured reserve and will return in opposition to the Texans.
STOPPING THE RUN
If the Texans hope to get a win on Sunday, theyll should discover a solution to cease the run. They enter the week with the NFLs worst run protection, permitting 181.eight yards a recreation.
Improving it has been a concentrate on Crennels this week.
I’ve to point out them on the tape after they do it appropriately, we get a cease or the man positive aspects 1 yard reasonably than 15, he stated. I’ve proof of that on tape that when issues are completed appropriately, we are able to cease the run.
But thus far that hasnt occurred, one thing that has irked Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Watt stated Crennels teaching fashion is to encourage the gamers to concentrate on the little issues and he hopes that doing that can assist them lastly cease the run on Sunday.
It doesnt should be elaborate and delightful, he stated. He simply needs it to be completed proper. Thats what had been doing. Its a little bit of simplification. Just to do your job and do it proper and do it nicely.
SAD SACK JAGS
Maybe Houston will assist Jacksonville remedy its move rush woes. The Jaguars have 4 sacks in as many video games, rating 29th within the league in sacks per move try, and actually struggled to get to Cincinnati rookie Joe Burrow final week.
Jacksonville has sacked Watson a mixed 12 instances up to now 4 video games.
AP Pro Football Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.
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