Romeo Crennel met with new Texans coach Bill O'Brien Wednesday about taking over the position held by Wade Phillips the last three seasons, and Mortensen says at the end of that meeting, an offer was extended.
Crennel, who coaches the West team in the East-West Shrine game January 18, reportedly asked the Texans for more time so he could concentrate on his duties there. A league source says after that, he'll accept.
Crennel's coaching resume includes time as a head coach in Kansas City, where he previously served as defensive coordinator, and Cleveland. He was defensive coordinator for the Patriots and Jets in the 90s and has also been a defensive line coach with the Giants.
Earlier this week, O'Brien hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as linebacker coach.
Phillips and several other coaches were let go by O'Brien shortly after the former Penn State coach was introduced as the team's new coach earlier this month.