"There's two kinds of coaches, right? There are those that have been fired and there's those that are going to get fired. And so we both fall into that category," Crennel said ahead of the teams' Thanksgiving Day matchup, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Patricia has compiled a 13-28-1 record over three years as the Lions' head coach, including a 4-6 mark this season. Crennel, meanwhile, is serving as the Texans' interim coach after replacing the recently fired Bill O'Brien.
Although Crennel acknowledged that he and Patricia both understand the difficulties of coaching in the NFL, he said neither of them will feel sorry for themselves.
"We could get together and cry in the same bucket because this is a tough business we're in. And we know that it's tough when we get into it. And so you put your best foot forward and try to do the very best you can and then whatever happens, happens. And then we just have to deal with it," Crennel added.
The Texans are reportedly discussing making Crennel their full-time coach in 2021.
Houston is 3-3 under Crennel.