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Chiefs hired ex-Packers cornerback Al Harris as defensive backs coach.
Harris played for new Chiefs coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia for four seasons. Harris served as a Dolphins coaching intern this past year under former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Sat, Jan 26, 2013 12:10:00 PM

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The New York Daily News reports Jets assistant head coach/linebackers Bob Sutton will be named defensive coordinator for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs had requested permission to interview Sutton Thursday night. Sutton has been with the Jets since 2000, under four different head coaches, running the defense from 2006-2008. His 2008 unit was ranked near the top of the NFL in run defense and sacks. Sutton has coached both the 4-3 and the 3-4 throughout his career. Ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan could replace Sutton on the Jets defensive staff.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 08:19:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah suggests that Monte Kiffin could land in Kansas City as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator in 2013.

Jeremiah isn't a reporter, but he has extensive NFL experience and plenty of connections around the league from his scouting days. His suggestion is notable. Kiffin, who turns 73 in February, spent the last three seasons coordinating his son Lane's defense at Southern Cal. He was the Bucs' defensive coordinator from 1996 through 2008, running a Tampa 2-style scheme.'s Peter King confirms that Kiffin is a leading candidate to run Andy Reid's defense.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Chiefs fired GM Scott Pioli.

The Chiefs are calling it a "mutual parting" after Pioli assisted owner Clark Hunt in interviewing Andy Reid. "There is no way to overstate the level of respect and admiration I have for Scott on a personal level," Hunt said in a statement. The move wouldn't have happened unless the Chiefs had the framework of a deal in place with Reid, who is expected to bring in his own general manager to handle scouting and the draft. The ultra-secretive (some might say borderline paranoid) Pioli leaves a roster with respectable talent on defense and the offensive line, but was ultimately done in by his blind devotion to Matt Cassel at quarterback.'s Peter King's "gut feeling" is that Pioli will not work for an NFL team in 2013. According to CSN New England, the odds of Pioli returning to the Patriots are "long."
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Falcons OC Dirk Koetter will interview for the Chiefs' head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

The Eagles and Browns are also said to be interested in Koetter, who engineered an offensive explosion in Atlanta this season. The fact that Kansas City is essentially conducting business as usual following Romeo Crennel's firing suggests that GM Scott Pioli remains safe, as expected. Koetter, an offensive mind, would obviously need to find a quarterback with the Chiefs.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 01:34:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Chiefs will fire coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, but GM Scott Pioli's job is safe for now.

The Chiefs made Crennel's firing official on Monday. It's worth noting that is reporting Pioli has yet to be informed about his 2013 job status. Crennel has been a successful coordinator, but he's now 28-55 as a head coach with just one winning season in five years. To be fair, Pioli saddled him with a roster that contained zero NFL-caliber starters at quarterback. Despite a 23-40 record in four seasons with the Chiefs, Pioli has long been a favorite of owner Clark Hunt, who now appears to be offering a long leash. As was the case when he first landed in Kansas City, Pioli -- if retained -- will be charged with finding a head coach and a franchise QB this offseason. Under Pioli, the Chiefs are still at square one.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 09:17:00 AM

A "more than reliable source" tells 610 Houston's Nick Wright that Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli have both been informed they will be fired at season's end.

Although he's now based in Houston, Wright is a former Kansas City radio host with a history of breaking Chiefs news. Similar to the situation in San Diego, we're unlikely to get official word on Crennel and Pioli's fate until after Week 17, but there's zero reason to believe either will be retained. Pioli has undermined an otherwise promising roster by failing disastrously in his quest to find a quarterback, while Crennel has proven every bit as overmatched as he was in Cleveland. Retaining Crennel after he guided the Chiefs to a 2-1 finish as interim coach in 2011 could end up as a job-killing decision for Pioli. His reported bizarre behind-the-scenes behavior surely did him no favors with owner Clark Hunt, who will be undergoing his second GM search in five years. For what it's worth, Wright's report has been shot down in several quarters, but that's to be expected.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 06:17:00 PM

The NFL has announced that the Panthers versus Chiefs game set for 1:00PM ET on Sunday will kick off as scheduled despite the tragic events of Saturday morning that resulted in ILB Jovan Belcher taking his girlfriend's life before ending his own.

"After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time," read the statement. The Chiefs will have minimal time to mourn their loss, and Crennel, after witnessing Belcher take his own life on Saturday morning, is now forced to put together a game plan.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 04:05:00 PM

Chiefs named LBs coach Gary Gibbs defensive coordinator.

Head coach Romeo Crennel has demoted himself. It's a start for the 1-7 Chiefs, but certainly too little, too late. Along with GM Scott Pioli, neither coach is likely to remain with the team through the offseason. Gibbs is tasked with improving a unit allowing 30 points and 347.5 yards per game. It won't be easy, but things can't be as bad as they were under a distracted Crennel.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 02:41:00 PM

According to Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, new head coach Romeo Crennel will likely remain the team's defensive coordinator in 2012.

"I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense," Pioli said in a Friday radio interview. "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." Crennel has been the team's coordinator since 2010. Despite losing stud safety Eric Berry to an early-season ACL tear, the Chiefs defense ranked 12th in points against and 11th in yards allowed in 2011.
Sat, Jan 28, 2012 12:39:00 PM

Chiefs hired Romeo Crennel as head coach and signed him to a three-year contract.

His interim tag is gone. Although the defensive-minded Crennel went 24-40 from 2005-2008 with the Browns, he earned the job with an impressive finish to this season following Todd Haley's dismissal. The Chiefs went 2-1 with Crennel in charge, beating the Packers and Broncos while narrowly losing to the Raiders. He's a favorite among the players, meaning fantasy owners are unlikely to see the questionable motivational and depth chart tactics that marked Haley's tenure.
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 10:32:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are planning to retain interim head coach Romeo Crennel for the 2012 season.

The "interim" tag will soon be removed from Crennel's title. The move will be popular with the Chiefs' players, who played extremely hard for Crennel down the stretch after Todd Haley was fired on December 12. Kansas City stunned the 13-0 Packers with a 19-14 victory during Crennel's first week on the job, and nearly knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs with a 7-3 win in Week 17. Crennel was unsuccessful at his only previous head coaching stop, however, guiding the Browns to a 24-40 record between 2005-08.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Ex-Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio will reportedly interview for the Chiefs' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Del Rio compiled a 69-73 record over nine years in Jacksonville before becoming the first head-coaching casualty of the season in November. The Chiefs have already interviewed Packers OC Joe Philbin and ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher, though neither is considered a legit candidate to be hired over interim coach Romeo Crennel.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 09:10:00 PM

The Chiefs reportedly interviewed ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher for their head coaching vacancy last week.

According to long-time beat writer Bob Gretz, the talks went "nowhere" and Fisher has no interest in the job. Although the Chiefs are set to interview Packers OC Joe Philbin on Wednesday, the Kansas City Star believes GM Scott Pioli won't have the patience to wait for Green Bay's playoff run to end.
Wed, Jan 4, 2012 12:37:00 PM

The Chiefs have agreed to allow former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to explore other coaching opportunities.

Coach Todd Haley originally wanted Pendergast to stay on as defensive backs coach after he was replaced by Romeo Crennel as coordinator. He could be a candidate in Buffalo, as he's worked under Chan Gailey before in Dallas. Dedric Ward, who started last season as the Chiefs receivers coach, has been replaced by Richie Anderson.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 06:40:00 PM

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