When the Houston Texans take the field on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it will mark a historic day in franchise history. Romeo Crennel and Deshaun Watson will become the first African-American head coach and quarterback tandem in franchise history.
The game will hold significant value given today’s racial issues, but their focus remains on capturing the Texans’ first victory of the 2020 season. Houston has a 66.0 percent chance to receive their first victory of the season, according to ESPN’s FPI.
“That’s pretty dope,” Watson said following practice on Wednesday. “History is going to continue to grow, especially with the times going on right now. But me and RAC [Romeo Crennel], what we want to do is make sure that this team and that locker room is focused and ready to go win on Sunday. We’ve got to make sure that we’re prepared.”
In an era where diversity among black NFL coaches is a cause for concern, the Crennel and Watson duo will mark the second time this season the league has seen the achievement.
Sunday’s game against Jacksonville will mark another historical day for Crennel — who was named interim head coach following Bill O’Brien’s firing on Monday. At 73-years-old, Crennel will set the record as the oldest coach in NFL history — surpassing George Halas, who was 72.
“I didn’t even realize that situation because everybody’s been talking to me about being the oldest coach,” Crennel said. “Hopefully, we can win and have some excitement about winning a football game.”
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