Pendergast is D-man in Kansas City

March, 13, 2009
3/13/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs have settled on their defensive coordinator.

The team named Clancy Pendergast as defensive coordinator on Friday. He was fired in Arizona after the Super Bowl. He worked with new Chiefs head coach Todd Haley in Arizona, where Haley was the offensive coordinator.

Pendergast was hired several weeks ago in an unnamed role. In an unusual move, Kansas City waited before making Pendergast the defensive coordinator. It was reported that the team was waiting to hire former Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator. But his agent, Joe Linta, said last week that Crennel would not be joining the Chiefs at this time.

So Pendergast is now in charge of turning around one of the youngest and weakest defenses in the NFL. Haley believes he's up to the challenge.

"Clancy was instrumental in the Arizona Cardinals run at the end of last season that led to our appearance in the Super Bowl," Haley said in a statement released by the team. "The fact that we have experience working together along with Clancy's previous experience working with Gary Gibbs will be a big factor in our continuity as we move forward."

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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