Chiefs Name Pendergast Defensive Coordinator

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has named Clancy Pendergast defensive coordinator on head coach Todd Haley’s coaching staff. “Clancy was instrumental in the Arizona Cardinals run at the end of last season that led to our appearance in the Super Bowl,” head coach Todd Haley noted. “The fact that we have experience working together along with Clancy’s previous experience working with Gary Gibbs will be a big factor in our continuity as we move forward.” Pendergast owns 14 seasons of experience in the NFL coaching ranks and he spent the past five campaigns as defensive coordinator with Arizona (2004-08). The Cardinals defense was opportunistic under Pendergast’s direction in 2008, leading the league by recovering 17 opponents’ fumbles. The club also tied for fifth in the league a year ago with 30 total takeaways. In 2007, Arizona ranked ninth in the NFL in run defense by allowing 97.9 yards per game.