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Chiefs Hire Former Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast

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Clancy Pendergast, the Cardinals’ former defensive coordinator, was hired on Friday to fill the same position for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.

Pendergast is reunited with Todd Haley, the Chiefs’ new head coach. Haley remarked that, “Clancy was instrumental in the Arizona Cardinals’ run at the end of last season that led to our appearance in the Super Bowl. The fact that we have experience working together along with Clancy’s previous experience working with Gary Gibbs, [the Chiefs’ newly hired linebackers coach], will be a big factor in our continuity as we move forward.”

Pendergast, who was hired by former Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, had been the Cards defensive coordinator for the past five seasons. Despite a fantastic postseason run, the Cardinals had statistical backing to gripe about Pendergast’s defense throughout most of the 2008 season. The Cardinals ranked 19th in the NFL in overall defense during the regular season, giving up 331.5 yards per game; they were 22nd in pass defense and 16th against the run.

Bill Davis, the Cardinals former linebacker coach, has replaced Pendergast as the Cardinals defensive coordinator for the 2009 season. Davis, a firm believer in the 3-4 defense, has been an assistant coach in the NFL for 16 seasons.

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