Romeo Crennel became the oldest head coach in NFL history when he replaced Bill O’Brien as the interim head coach of the Houston Texans this season, but age may not deter the Texans away from removing the interim label.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Crennel is a “strong possibility” to be the permanent head coach next season.
Rapoport noted that the idea is currently being debated inside the organization as the 73-year-old is a well-respected figure and has previous head coaching experience.
The reason they could stick with Crennel is, in part, due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty on whether or not there would be restrictions that could impact a face-to-face head coaching search. The Texans, and other teams in need of a head coach, may not want to make such an enormous investment in a coach that they never meet in person.
Crennel, who would be 74 next season, would likely be a stopgap head coach to provide stability while the franchise resumes a traditional head coaching search for the 2022 season.
The Texans are 2-2 since Crennel, who was the team’s defensive coordinator, took over head coaching duties. He was last a head coach in 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs.