Ex-Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel wins assistant coach award


The late Bill Arnsparger and Houston affiliate head coach Romeo Crennel have gained the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman award from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Arnsparger was behind Miami’s “No-Name Defense” and “Killer B’s” and helped three totally different franchises to the Super Bowl. Crennel is in his 38th season as an NFL coach and has been on the employees of 5 Super Bowl champion groups.

They are the 15th and 16th recipients of the Dr. Z Award, began by the PFWA in 2014 to acknowledge lifetime achievement amongst assistant coaches.

Arnsparger coached in six Super Bowls with Baltimore, Miami and San Diego and gained twice with the Dolphins. Crennel coached in two Super Bowls with the Giants and 4 with the Patriots with 5 championships.

Other nominees had been longtime Pittsburgh Steelers working backs coach Dick Hoak, present Las Vegas Raiders defensive position coach Rod Marinelli, late defensive position coach Bobb McKittrick, late defensive coordinator Floyd Peters, late defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and present San Francisco 49ers working backs coach Bobby Turner.