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Romeo Crennel will coach Chiefs for remainder of season

Posted Dec 12, 2011

Crennel previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2005-08

The Chiefs have confirmed that defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will coach the team for the remainder of the 2011 season following the dismissal of Todd Haley.

In his second season with the Chiefs, Crennel arrived in Kansas City following a four-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2005-08). Crennel led Cleveland to a 10-6 record in 2007, which was the club’s best mark since finishing 11-5 in 1994.

Crennel is currently coaching in his 30th NFL season and has been part of five Super Bowl championships, six conference titles and nine division titles with the New York Giants, New England and Kansas City.

Crennel’s defense permitted only 14.8 points per game at home in his first season with the Chiefs and Tamba Hali finished the 2010 campaign second in the NFL with a career-high 14.5 sacks. This year, the Chiefs defense ranks fifth in the NFL with 17 interceptions and owns the league’s top-ranked passing defense since November 1st at 160.2 yards per game.

Beginning his coaching career as a defensive line coach at Western Kentucky in 1966, Crennel has served as either a coordinator or head coach for his past 11 NFL seasons.

Kansas City has three games remaining on its 2011 schedule: December 18th vs. Green Bay, December 24th vs. Oakland and January 1st at Denver.

The team is planning to hold a press conference Monday afternoon.

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