Will Crennel Follow Weis?

With the 2010 season already under way, the first new coaching hire is in place in Washington. The Kansas City Chiefs are also ready to make changes and Wednesday hired a new offensive coordinator – Charlie Weis. Is a new defensive coordinator on the way?

Last February after head coach Todd Haley was hired, he wanted one man to run his defense - Crennel. Now it appears his wish will come true, as a team source has told Warpaint Illustrated.com that Crennel could be announced as KC's new defensive coordinator within the next couple of days.

Crennel's hiring would give the Chiefs two former head coaches on the staff, as Weis agreed to become KC's offensive coordinator Wednesday. Weis had been mentioned as a possible addition to Lovie Smith's coaching staff in Chicago, but according to the Chicago Tribune, the talks between Weis and the Chiefs were too advanced for him to change directions.

Over the weekend, both ESPN.com and Foxsports.com had reports that Crennel would join the Chiefs before he coaches one of the teams in this month's Blue-Gray Game. But according to our source, this has been all but official for awhile, as over the last several months, Crennel had been acting as an advisor to the Chiefs.

A year ago, he had knee replacement surgery and wanted to take time off before he landed another coaching position. Crennel is still under contract for another season with the Cleveland Browns so he could earn a pair of handsome paychecks in 2010. Crennel was part of Bill Belichick's staff in New England before he turned his success as a defensive coordinator into a head coaching job in Cleveland. But Crennel was fired a year ago and replaced by Eric Mangini, who also appears to be out as the Browns coach.

Weis' addition was also widely rumored this offseason. We were told shortly before Notre Dame fired him, he had a late night meeting with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Haley.

Weis did his best to resurrect the Fighting Irish but with a strict code of academics and pressure from the Alumni base he failed. Now he gets another chance to reunite with Pioli and Crennel –they were all together in New England - should the Chiefs hire Crennel.

Both moves would be welcome additions to an assistant coaching staff that was anything but brilliant in 2009. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will reportedly stay on either as linebackers coach or defensive line coach, after Tim Krumrie was fired.

Krumrie did a horrific job in progressing Kansas City's top picks the last two seasons, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. Both have struggled under his tutelage and have to be considered busts at this point in their respective careers.

Crennel, however, was responsible for developing New England's Ty Warren and Richard Seymour. The Chiefs are expected to find a stud nose tackle in the draft, so their defensive line has some upside provided Dorsey and Jackson can adjust under Crennel.

Weis should be an effective coordinator for the Chiefs and bring some stability for quarterback Matt Cassel who had his ups and downs adjusting to KC's new offensive scheme this season. Weis' schemes should be similar to what he ran in New England, the system that Cassel is most comfortable with.

No official announcement has been made concerning Crennel so stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated.com for news on the Chiefs coaching front.

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\r\n\r\nLast February after head coach Todd Haley was hired, he wanted one man to run his defense - Crennel. Now it appears his wish will come true, as a team source has told Warpaint Illustrated.com that Crennel could be announced as KC's new defensive coordinator within the next couple of days. \r\n

Crennel's hiring would give the Chiefs two former head coaches on the staff, as Weis agreed to become KC's offensive coordinator Wednesday. Weis had been mentioned as a possible addition to Lovie Smith's coaching staff in Chicago, but according to the Chicago Tribune, the talks between Weis and the Chiefs were too advanced for him to change directions. \r\n

Over the weekend, both ESPN.com and Foxsports.com had reports that Crennel would join the Chiefs before he coaches one of the teams in this month's Blue-Gray Game. But according to our source, this has been all but official for awhile, as over the last several months, Crennel had been acting as an advisor to the Chiefs. \r\n

A year ago, he had knee replacement surgery and wanted to take time off before he landed another coaching position. Crennel is still under contract for another season with the Cleveland Browns so he could earn a pair of handsome paychecks in 2010. \r\nCrennel was part of Bill Belichick's staff in New England before he turned his success as a defensive coordinator into a head coaching job in Cleveland. But Crennel was fired a year ago and replaced by Eric Mangini, who also appears to be out as the Browns coach. \r\n

Weis' addition was also widely rumored this offseason. We were told shortly before Notre Dame fired him, he had a late night meeting with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Haley. \r\n

Weis did his best to resurrect the Fighting Irish but with a strict code of academics and pressure from the Alumni base he failed. Now he gets another chance to reunite with Pioli and Crennel –they were all together in New England - should the Chiefs hire Crennel. \r\n

Both moves would be welcome additions to an assistant coaching staff that was anything but brilliant in 2009. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will reportedly stay on either as linebackers coach or defensive line coach, after Tim Krumrie was fired. \r\n

Krumrie did a horrific job in progressing Kansas City's top picks the last two seasons, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. Both have struggled under his tutelage and have to be considered busts at this point in their respective careers. \r\n

Crennel, however, was responsible for developing New England's Ty Warren and Richard Seymour. The Chiefs are expected to find a stud nose tackle in the draft, so their defensive line has some upside provided Dorsey and Jackson can adjust under Crennel. \r\n

Weis should be an effective coordinator for the Chiefs and bring some stability for quarterback Matt Cassel who had his ups and downs adjusting to KC's new offensive scheme this season. Weis' schemes should be similar to what he ran in New England, the system that Cassel is most comfortable with. \r\n

No official announcement has been made concerning Crennel so stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated.com for news on the Chiefs coaching front. \r\n
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