The Houston Texans announced their coaching staff for the 2017 season and there have been a few changes heading into the upcoming season.
The exit of offensive coordinator George Godsey opened a vacancy in the staff and the shuffling of the coaching staff. The headline of the staff changes was Romeo Crennel being announced as the Assistant Head Coach and Mike Vrabel taking over as the Defensive Coordinator.
Also as reported on State of the Texans, Wes Welker was hired to be an offensive assistant for the staff (read here) and this was after being spotted with the Texans during Senior Bowl week.
Here are the key changes
- Romeo Crennel was hired as the Assistant Head Coach and will still help the defense.
- Mike Vrabel was named at the Defensive Coordinator and will have full control of the defense.
- His 3rd season with the Texans, Bobby King was promoted to the linebacker coach with Vrabel leaving the position. King was the assistant linebacker coach during the 2016 season working close with Vrabel.
- Sean Ryan was moved to the quarterback coach after spending his first season as the wide receiver coach. Ryan coached the quarterback position with the New York Giants 2012-2014.
- John Perry who has been the Texans tight end coach for the past three season has switched over to the wide receiver coach. Perry coached wide receiver with O'Brien at Brown University and was the passing game coordinator at Delaware before coming to the Texans in 2014. Perry has a background running offenses and called the offense when he was the head coach Merrimack College (2008-2012).
- Tim Kelly was with the Texans as an offensive assistant for three season before being promoted to the tight end coach heading into 2017. Kelly spent three seasons with O'Brien at Penn State and the last six under O'Brien and now the tight end coach. Kelly worked close with Mike Devlin and the offensive line in 2016.
- Wes Welker was added to the staff as an offensive assistant and he will help the slot wide receivers in the process.