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Crennel benches himself as defensive coordinator

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Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel announced Monday afternoon that he is benching himself effective immediately as defensive coordinator.

Linebackers coach Gary Gibbs was promoted to the duties.

Crennel was matter of fact when he made the announcement. He said some of the younger players thought of him more as defensive coordinator rather than coach of the whole team. Crennel said he now would be able to focus on spending more tine helping the entire team.

"We have continually looked at things and evaluated things and trying to turn over every stone that we can to try to find a way to improve the team. I've decided that I'm going to spend more time with the whole team and less with the defense," Crennel said.

The Chiefs are 1-7 and play the Pittsburgh Steelers next week on Monday Night Football.

The Chiefs also waived cornerback Stanford Routt who had been one of the Chiefs' biggest off-season free agent signings after Brandon Carr went to the Dallas Cowboys. But Routt has been a disappointment.

Crennel indicated that sometimes relationships just don't work out.

"This relationship wasn't progressing as quickly or as fast as I wanted it to and so we decided to make a change," Crennel said.

The Chiefs brought back Shaun Smith, a popular defensive lineman for the Chiefs in the 2010 season. Smith via his Twitter account had openly expressed his interest in recent days in playing for the Chiefs again. Smith also drew headlines for allegedly grabbing the private parts of other players during games.

He has not played in the NFL this year. He left the Chiefs to play for Tennessee. He previously played for New Orleans, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

He said he is glad to be off the couch and back on a football field. He told reporters that he had been calling Crennel at least once a week this season to express his interest in joining the club and encourage Crennel during a disappointing season. Smith said Crennel told him when the right time came it would come and Smith said this was the right time.

"Just got done with a great work out," Smith wrote on his Twitter feed Monday afternoon that has been updated to include a photo of him in a Chiefs uniform."Feels good to be back a work."

He said he knows he is one of the oldest members of the team and he aims to provide leadership especially to the younger players.

Crennel said Smith brings experience and a knowledge of the Chiefs operations.

"We've added him to provide depth on the defensive line," he said.

Quarterback Brady Quinn participated in light practice duties as he continues to make progress, Crennel said. Doctors will evaluate him on Tuesday to determine to determine whether he can play against Pittsburgh.

The cutting of Routt surprised players, but they said the NFL is a business and the remaining players have to adapt.

"I was very surprised to be completely honest with you," defensive back Javier Arenas said. "I threw me off guard, but I've go to get back on my feet and go handle the job."

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