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Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel’s shared passion for football comes full circle in the NFL playoffs



By Thomas George

The four matchups in the Divisional round all feature familiar faces in different places. That could have a big impact on the outcome of this week’s games.

Familiarity will breed keen competition in the divisional-round playoffs.

It will also breed contempt.

The Romeo Crennel-Bill Belichick-Tom Brady playoff duel drips with familiarity. Crennel coached with Belichick in two New York Giants and in three New England Patriots Super Bowl victories. Crennel was on the Patriots sideline on Sept. 23, 2001 when the legend of Brady began with Drew Bledsoe’s injury versus the New York Jets.

Crennel battles both on Saturday night when the Houston Texans play at the Patriots.

As Texans defensive coordinator, Crennel again tackles Belichick’s blueprint and Brady’s acumen. Crennel will do it with the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

Crennel has coached 34 years in the NFL. Much of that time has been spent competing with and against Belichick, especially during their Giants time in the ‘80s.

“When we were with the Giants, we used to play racquetball together,” Crennel recalled in a telephone interview on Tuesday night from his office. “You learn a lot about a guy when you actually play against him in a sport Click for Full Story




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