Crennel met with new Texans coach Bill O'Brien earlier this month about taking over the position held by Wade Phillips the last three seasons. There was reportedly an offer from Houston to Crennel after that meeting.
Crennel, who coached the West team in the East-West Shrine game this past Saturday, reportedly had asked the Texans for more time so he could concentrate on his duties there. Now, according to ESPN, he's accepted.
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 month, O'Brien hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as linebacker coach. Vrabel played under Crennel while the two were with the Patriots.
O'Brien was also a Patriots assistant coach, but not at the same time as Crennel.
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.