(NEW YORK) — After going 2-1 while serving as the team’s interim head coach, The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed on a three-year contract with Romeo Crennel to become the team’s new head coach.
Under recently fired head coach Todd Haley, the team went 5-8, and 19-26 overall during his tenure.
After the team’s defense had struggled for most of the season, Crennel took over the team.
“We’re going to work very hard, day in and day out to make the fans of the Chiefs proud,” said Crennel during his introduction press conference. “It’s important that the players understand that the team is important to me.”
Under his watch, they gave up an average of just 11 points per game, including a victory over the then-undefeated Green Bay Packers.
“We are very excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs,” Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a prepared statement. “In 30 years as a coach in the National Football Leauge, 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.”
Crennel has been a head coach before. From 2005-2008, he served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, but went just 24-40 over that span.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN