Houston (CBS Houston) – Bill O’Brien finally has his 2014 staff in place. On Wednesday, the Texans made the hires of 16 assistant coaches official with a release on the team website.
The group was headlined by former Browns and Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, who will serve as defensive coordinator. It also confirmed the absence of an offensive coordinator on the staff.
The following hires were also announced:
- Jim Bernhardt (Director of Football Research) who previously served as special assistant to the head coach and director of player development at Penn State.
- John Butler (secondary) who previously served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Penn State.
- Doug Colman (assistant special teams) who previously served as linebackers coach at Costal Carolina in 2012.
- Paul Dunn (offensive line) who previously served in the same capacity for the Atlanta Falcons.
- Craig Fitzgerald (head strength and conditioning) who previously held the same role at Penn State.
- George Godsey (quarterbacks) who previously served as tight ends coach in New England.
- Sean Hayes (assistant strength and conditioning) who previously held the same title at Penn State.
- Stan Hixon (wide receivers) who previously held the same title at Penn State.
- Tim Kelly (offensive quality control) who previously served as a graduate assistant at Penn State.
- Will Lawing (defensive quality control) who previously served as a graduate assistant at Penn State.
- Charles London (running backs) who previously held the same position at Penn State.
- Anthony Midget (assistant secondary) who previously served as the safeties coach at Penn State.
- John Perry (tight ends) who previously served as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Delaware.
- Anthony Pleasant (assistant strength and conditioning) who previously served as the defensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-12
- Mike Vrabel (linebackers) who previously served as defensive line coach at Ohio State.
Bob Ligashesky was retained as special teams coordinator. There was no mention of Bill Kollar, but the team had previously confirmed that he has been retained. Nine of the 16 coaches worked with O’Brien at Penn State. And according to the team release, four appear to have been out of football last season.
“We’ve put together a great staff of enthusiastic and passionate coaches with good character who have successful backgrounds in coaching,” O’Brien said via HoustonTexans.com. “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.”
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