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By PFW staff

The Chiefs have hired former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator, according to

Crennel was part of three Super Bowl titles as Patriots' defensive coordinator from 2001-04, working with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis during his time in New England. The 62-year-old is currently recovering from hip surgery and is expected to join the team later this month after coaching in the East-West All-Star Game.

Crennel's arrival means the departure of coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who came to Kansas City along with head coach Todd Haley from Arizona in 2009. The Chiefs' defense struggled under Pendergast, finishing 30th in yards allowed, 31st in rushing and 29th in scoring. It's also likely that Haley will make other changes to his coaching staff in the coming weeks.

Although he had a 24-40 record in four seasons as Cleveland's head coach before getting fired after the '08 campaign, Crennel has been coaching in the NFL for nearly 30 years and has proven to be a quality defensive coach.

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