KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel relieved himself of duties as defensive coordinator on a day of massive changes that included the waiving of cornerback Stanford Routt and the signing of defensive tackle Shaun Smith.
Crennel had been juggling head coaching and coordinator duties since taking over on an interim basis when Todd Haley was fired last December. Gary Gibbs will take over as defensive coordinator and Crennel plans to spend more time with the rest of the team.
“We have a young team, you know? And some guys, their perception, all right, may be that I’m a defensive coach, or a defensive coordinator, and I don’t care about other parts of the team, which is not true,” Crennel said Monday. “They will see I’m concerned about the whole team.”
The Chiefs fell to 1-7 with Thursday night’s 31-13 loss at San Diego, their fifth straight defeat. They still have yet to lead a game in regulation this season.
They play Monday night at Pittsburgh.
Crennel said he wasn’t overwhelmed by his dual roles, but he did say that the time demands made it difficult to spend as much time as he wanted with both sides of the ball.
“We’re going to try to get this thing right and get this thing turned,” Crennel said.