Pendergast could stay in K.C.

January, 14, 2010
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The Kansas City Chiefs' decision to bring in Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator doesn’t necessarily mean 2009 defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will leave the organization.

Head coach Todd Haley indicated Pendergast could stay, likely as a position coach. Thanks to the Chiefs’ Web site, here is what Haley had to say about the subject during a conference call with local media to discuss Crennel’s addition:

“I would imagine he would be coaching a position. Again, we are adding another guy to the mix and Romeo is going to be in charge of the ultimate defense. But every one of those guys plays a critical role and I am fortunate enough that, last year and now this year, I have a bunch of guys who have run the defense before, guys that have been coordinators, some of them that have been head coaches, Romeo being one of those. If the fit is good and I know that everybody can work together towards the common goal then we have a chance to succeed and that is what is going on right now. I know Gary Gibbs is going to coach linebackers and Clancy was coaching the defensive backs last year, and that is where I would think he would stay.”

If Pendergast sticks around, this will be a big part of the defensive staff Haley wanted last year. Crennel was offered the coordinator job last year. He declined because he was having hip surgery. If Pendergast sticks around, it gives Kansas City another experienced coach and one who knows the team. It will only strengthen Crennel’s defensive staff.

Meanwhile, it was smart that Kansas City jumped on Crennel when it did. The Patriots now have an opening at defensive coordinator. Crennel would have been a natural choice to return to New England, where he enjoyed his greatest success. But he’s signed, sealed and delivered in Kansas City. That’s a positive for the Chiefs.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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