Chiefs Next Defensive Coordinator May Already Be In KC

The Kansas City Chiefs put a statement on their website last night indicating there had not yet been any official announcement on the status of the next head coach. They likely felt compelled to do that because ESPN has reported that the Chiefs are planning to keep Romeo Crennel as the full-time head coach.

That news was to be expected as Crennel seemed to be the favorite the entire time. And if Crennel is indeed hired as the full-time guy, then that means the Chiefs have an opening at defensive coordinator. That was Crennel's position before becoming the interim coach and presumably he will fill the position with someone.

Who will fill that position? Nate Bukaty of 810 WHB was told "by a pretty good source" that the defensive coordinator position will likely be filled by Gary Gibbs, currently the Chiefs linebackers coach.

This isn't official -- Crennel doesn't even officially have the head coaching job yet -- but it does make a lot of sense. One of the reasons I wanted to keep Romeo on board is because he's been doing some good work with the defense so retaining some continuity there by naming Gibbs the defensive coordinator would make sense.

Gibbs was the defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints and a linebackers coach with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Chiefs in 2009. He spent a lot of years coaching college football, too.

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