Houston Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver has been promoted to defensive coordinator, taking over for RAC. Here are five things to know about him.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero recently reported that Romeo Crennel, who has been the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans since 2014 with the exception of the 2017 season, will not return as the Houston Texans defensive coordinator for the 2020 season.
As Weaver is set to take over the defense for the upcoming season, here are five things Texans fans should know about Weaver:
1. Weaver played seven seasons in the NFL
Weaver, a defensive end who played his college ball at Notre Dame, was selected 52nd overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2002 NFL Draft. Weaver spent his first four years of his career in Baltimore and then came to Houston where he spent his final three seasons of his career. Weaver recorded 265 tackles, including 15.5 sacks, over his seven-year NFL career.
2. Weaver began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida
After retiring from the NFL at the end of the 2008 season, Weaver began his coaching career at the University of Florida where he was a grad assistant for Urban Meyer. In 2011, Weaver took a job as a linebacker coach at the University of North Texas.
3. Weaver began his NFL coaching career as an assistant defensive line coach for the Jets
After his short stint coaching in college, Weaver moved to the NFL in 2012 where he took on the role of assistant defensive line coach for the Jets. Rex Ryan, who was the Jets’ head coach at the time, was Weaver’s defensive line coach when he played in Baltimore. Weaver also served as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach in 2013 and the Cleveland Browns defensive line coach in 2014 and 2015.
4. Weaver joined the Texans coaching staff in 2016
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In 2016, Weaver became the Texans defensive line coach. Over his four seasons with the Texans, Weaver has served under both Romeo Crennel, during the 2016, 2018, and 2019 seasons as well as Mike Vrabel, during the 2017 season. Weaver also served as former Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s position coach. During the 2016 season, Clowney recorded 52 total tackles, including six sacks and 16 tackles for loss, and made his first Pro Bowl. Weaver also played a key role in the development and emergence of defensive tackle DJ Reader during his tenure as the Texans defensive line coach.
5. Weaver’s promotion to defensive coordinator does not mean there will be an entirely new defensive staff for 2020
Typically when a team hires a new defensive coordinator that person cleans house defensively and brings in his own staff. But do not expect this to be the case with Weaver since he was promoted from within the Texans organization. While it is likely Weaver could bring in a few of his own people to the 2020 defensive staff, most of the Texans current defensive staff should return for next season.
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