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Chiefs plan to keep Crennel, pair him with a stud coordinator

Romeo Crennel went 2-1 in his three games as the Kansas City Chiefs' interim coach. He also won the respect and support of multiple players, and now the Chiefs are poised to remove his interim label and retain him as their full-time coach, a league source said Saturday.

The belief is the Chiefs plan to pair Crennel with an accomplished offensive coordinator, and a league source said the team was scheduled to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin for its head-coaching position last Wednesday.

Crennel took over in Kansas City after the Chiefs fired Todd Haley, and he then posted wins over the then-undefeated Green Bay Packers and the AFC West champion Denver Broncos. Crennel went 24-40 as the Cleveland Browns' coach from 2005 to 2008.

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali went public in support of Crennel's candidacy after the win over the Packers, stating: "I think anybody on this team would agree with me, if we can keep Romeo as our head coach here, it would be great."

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