Romeo Crennel is the new defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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The team confirmed the hiring on Thursday. Crennel is a former defensive coordinator at New England and was fired as head coach at Cleveland back in 2008.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley says he first offered Crennel the job last year, but Crennel decided to sit out a year. He was recovering from hip surgery, and doctors told him it would probably be June before he could resume the rigors of coaching.
Crennel says he felt that would be unfair to Haley and the Chiefs.

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Posted: 1/14/10 3:40PM ET