Chiefs officially announce Crennel as defensive coordinator

The Chiefs announced Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator today. This deal was obviously a year in the works.

''I was able to take a breath last year (because) I had hip replacement surgery,'' said Crennel, who was out of football last year. "When Todd talked to me last year about the possibility of coming and he was willing to wait however long I felt like I needed, I felt it would be a disservice to him and his program to basically wait until June.

''After sitting out for a year, I’m available. That breath has filled my lungs. The enthusiasm is up, energy is up. My hip, there’s no pain in it. I feel really good about coming in and trying to build this program.''

Coach Todd Haley said linebackers coach Gary Gibbs would be retained. Former coordinator Clancy Pendergast has the option of staying as the secondary coach, but may decide to move on instead.

| Adam Teicher, The Star

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