“We’re a Playoff Team” – Houston Texans Interim Coach Aiming to Improve on Slow Start

October 8, 2020 5:00 pm

The Houston Texans have endured one of the worst starts to an NFL season. They are winless after four games, without a head coach, and are lacking any sort of motivation as they head into Week Five of the 2020 NFL season. Deshaun Watson appeared frustrated in his side’s defeat to the Minnesota Vikings in Week Four.

However, he maintained that he won’t let the recent losses ‘take away his joy for the game’. Can the Houston Texans star along with the likes of JJ Watt, David Johnson, and Will Fuller, resurrect their 2020 NFL campaign in the coming months? One man says yes.

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Houston Texans interim coach looking to make the playoffs after a slow start

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) walks off the field after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

GM Bill O’Brien is not part of the Houston Texans after a falling out with prominent players of his team. Experienced assistant coach Romeo Crennel will step in and fill the void as interim head coach in Week Five. Here’s what the seasoned NFL coach said after his appointment.

“It’s worn on them (players’ emotions). The expectations we’re a playoff team and want to play playoff caliber football and we haven’t been doing that and that’s why we’re 0-4.”

“I told the players when I looked at the tape, there are times we do what we’re supposed to do and we look good. Other times, we try to do too much and then we look bad. My job is to get us to look good on a more consistent basis and give us a chance to win,” Crennel told The Houston Chronicle’s, Aaron Wilson.

Crennel hoping for a shift in team mentality in the coming weeks

Sep 20, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket as Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon (99) applies defensive pressure during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Crennel has loads of experience coaching in the NFL over the last four decades. He had previously served as head coach with the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. The 73-year-old veteran is expecting his team to change their mindset heading into Week Five of the 2020 NFL season.

He added, “I hope our attitude and energy is different. I hope our performance is different. You’re not going to come in and put in a new offense or defense overnight. I have demands. I have standards. If there’s an issue and they’re not living up to the standard, they will not be surprised by whatever move needs to be made.”

Crennel’s first match in charge of the Texans will be on Sunday against a hurting Jacksonville Jaguars outfit. This is a must-win game for Deshaun Watson and Co. if they still want to make the playoffs this season or even end the year with a respectable record.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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