By Josh Katzowitz
After the Chiefs proved that the defense wasn’t the main problem with the team during their 7-9 season -- Kansas City finished 11th in the league in yards given up and 12th in points allowed -- new coach Romeo Crennel apparently has decided that the man who ran the defense the past two seasons should be allowed to run it again.
Which is why Crennel will serve as his own defensive coordinator in 2012.
That’s the word from Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli, who told Sirius XM NFL radio on Friday (via Foxsports.com) that he believes Crennel will stay in charge of the Chiefs defense.
“I’m not sure if he stated it publicly, but I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense,” Pioli said. “I don’t know if he’s made the absolute final decision, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way he wants to go.”
Since Crennel was named defensive coordinator before the 2010 season, the Chiefs have been a defense that’s ranked in the top half of the league’s squads, a big change from the 2009 squad under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, whose unit ranked 30th in yards allowed (in Gunther Cunningham’s final season in 2008, Kansas City’s defense also was one of the worst in the league).
Of course, at some point, Crennel will have to hire a coordinator, especially considering the Chiefs don’t have one for offense either.
“We’re talking (about candidates) internally and externally,” Pioli said. “It remains fluid right now.”
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