Crennel Landing In KC?

Last week head coach Todd Haley bagged Charlie Weis to run his offense. Now it appears he's reached deeper into the coaching fraternity and has landed one of the best defensive minds in the business.

Monday evening an NFL source confirmed to Warpaint Illustrated that former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel has accepted an offer to become the new defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Crennel will join Weis, his former coaching partner in New England.

As of Monday evening the Chiefs had not made an official statement, but per our source, Crennel's hire could be announced at a press conference as early as Wednesday. The Chiefs struggled mightily under the guidance of Clancy Pendergast last season but it's expected he could remain on the staff as a secondary coach.

Crennel will coach one of the teams in the upcoming East-West Shrine Game, which could be of huge benefit to Kansas City's draft-scouting process this year. He had been offered the defensive coordinator position with the New York Giants, but our sources told us Kansas City over New York wasn't that tough of a decision for Crennel.

The real issue instead was if Crennel, who is still under contract with the Cleveland Browns, wanted to coach anywhere at all this season.

Apparently he has made that decision and the Chiefs now have two of the most experienced coordinators in the NFL. Crennel and Weis won three Super Bowls together in New England.

Though the Chiefs have reportedly reached an agreement with him, Crennel has some personal issues to attend to this week. Per our source he must work out the remaining compensation with his former team, the Browns, in order to finalize his contract with the Chiefs.

Stay tuned to Warpaint for more news as the Chiefs' offseason continues. Top Stories