The Chiefs will officially announce Romeo Crennel as their next head coach at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Crennel had been the team's interim head coach for the final three weeks of the regular season after Todd Haley had been fired and went 2-1 in that role, beating a pair of teams still alive in the playoffs: the then-unbeaten Packers and Broncos.
"We are very excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs," owner Clark Hunt said. "In 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, Romeo has established an outstanding track record of success, and we believe his experience and proven ability make him the best person to help us reach our goal of consistently competing for championships."
"Romeo's vast experience and intelligence have helped him achieve success at the highest level. The way in which he creates accountability and respect amongst the team creates a very productive work environment and will be critical in continuing to develop our young core of players," GM Scott Pioli said. "In addition, Romeo's extensive knowledge of our players, personnel, and needs make him a perfect fit to lead the Kansas City Chiefs."
Crennel is also expected to remain the team's defensive coordinator. The future is not as clear on offense, as offensive coordinator Bill Muir might return, though there is speculation he might retire.
The team also interviewed former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin before deciding to go with Crennel, who has a built-in comfort level with Pioli from their time together in New England.
He has previous head-coaching experience with the Browns, whom he coached for four seasons from 2005-08 following four seasons as the Patriots' defensive coordinator.
Crennel began his NFL coaching career in 1981 with the Giants as their special-teams coach.
"I have a deep appreciation for the vision that Clark Hunt has and his commitment to building a championship-caliber team," Crennel said. "I believe in the types of players that we are trying to win with and the identity we are trying to create. It is a rare opportunity to be a part of an organization like the Kansas City Chiefs with its storied history and passionate fans and I am eager to get to work and bring this franchise and our fans the success they deserve."
The way we see it
Crennel is expected to be a good fit with GM Scott Pioli, as both won championships in New England. A well-regarded defensive mind, Crennel had built up great respect in the team's locker room. His work with the defense in 2010 helped the Chiefs win the AFC West.