Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is a regular contributor to Houston Sports and Stuff.
By LAMONT MANN
When your quarterback/head coach is Brock Osweiler/Bill O’Brien with three winnable games remaining on the schedule and your team is in first place, that can only mean it is time to look at the 2017 off-season.
Everyone is locked in on the current season as we near the end but I have already moved on to the off-season. Currently, no one is talking about the Texans’ defensive future. Newsflash! The defense is a huge part of the reason the Texans are even relevant. Without this defense, the Texans would be awful.
Texans Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel’s contract is reportedly up this year. It’s rumored that Mike Vrabel is the DC in waiting.
I know Crennel is old (69) but I think the Texans need to think hard about retaining him. I would. Crennel and punter Shane Lechler are two of the few positive constants on this team.
Vrabel is a variable. We are not sure what we are going to receive from him. Vrabel is currenly the linebackers coach, the least attractive unit on the defense.
I do not think Vrabel is trash but now is not the time to be playing with the positives on your team, especially when they are married to Brock Osweiler for another season or three.
This decision would be much more easier for me if the Texans offense was somewhat stable but I think Crennel has done a fantastic job keeping the Texans on the radar. If the Texans had a competent offense, I would feel comfortable graduating to a Vrabel-led defense but the offense is so bad, I am not sure I’m willing to make high profile changes on the defense.