The Good and the Bad
There is some news that developed with the Texans, most of which you already know; Texans safety Andre Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Drafted by Houston in 2014 he started all 16 game last season and looked forward to start opposite of newly acquired Tyrann Mathieu and mentor Houston’s first selection in this years draft S Justin Reid. However this is a set-back for the Texans and it pushes Reid to the forefront to fill in that role.
We are praying for Mr. Hall and his family and wish them the best during these difficult times.
“Texans rookie offensive tackle Martinas Rankin is recovering from foot surgery and is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season.” according to the Houston Chronicle Tuesday. He hasn’t signed a contract now he’s recovering form an injury. Does he have any leverage after this? It seem that the focus is the Texans has lost another offensive lineman … my focus is what kind of leverage will an unsigned 3rd round rookie have once he overcome the injury. This is why no vet or rookie should practice until they are under contract.
Finally good news the hiring of Romeo Crennel who was the defensive coordinator for 5 Super Bowl Champions will takeover the reigns and the Texans DC. Some players are saying there is no difference between Mike Vabrel and Romeo Crennel defenses … they could be right, Crennel was Vabrel’s defensive coach and New England’s DC in 2001-2004 … He was also Bill O’Brien’s DC in 2014 and became one of the highest paid DC in NFL. He finished the 2016 season with the NFL’s #1 defense.
He was later promoted to Assistant Head Coach in 2017 and Vabrel became DC.
Earlier this year Vabrel was hired as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and Crennel moved into the DC position once again. The defense might gain it’s identity once again under Crennel especially with two of the best DEs in the league.