The Kansas City Chiefs have officially named Romeo Crennel defensive coordinator.
Crennel enters his 29th season as a coach in the National Football League. He has coached in six Super Bowls and has been a member of five teams that have claimed Super Bowl wins. He joins the Chiefs after a four-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2005-08).
Prior to joining the Browns as head coach in 2005, Crennel served four seasons as New England’s defensive coordinator (2001-04). During that four-year span, the Patriots won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX) and he was named the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003. Prior to a stint as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in Cleveland (2000), Crennel spent three seasons as defensive line coach with the N.Y. Jets (’97-99), where he worked with current Chiefs head coach Todd Haley as a member of Bill Parcells’ staff. Crennel also served on Parcells’ staff with New England (’93-96) and was part of a Patriots squad that earned a berth in Super Bowl XXXI.
Todd Haley and Crennel will be on a conference call together a little later today. We’ll have the audio as soon as it’s available.