Kansas City Chiefs: Can Clancy Pendegast Work His Magic In Kansas City?

Joe JonesCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

OAKLAND - October 21:  Running back Dominic Rhodes #33 of the Oakland Raiders is gang tackled by linebacker Donnie Edwards #59 and defensive linemen Tamba Hali #91 and Jared Allen #69 of the Kansas City Chiefs during a game at McAfee Coliseum October 21, 2007 in Oakland, California. California. Kansas City won 12-10.  (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

At one time, the Kansas City Chiefs were known for their punishing defense and take "no prisoners" defensive backs. But can Clancey Pendergast bring that killer attack back?

With the likes of Deron Cherry, Dale Carter, and Albert Lewis gone, Pendergast has his work cut out for him.

Pendergast was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals thru 2004-2008 leading the Cardinal defense to in NFL-best 13 turnovers and 10 sacks in the playoffs.

During the 2008 season, the Arizona Cardinals made their first trip to the Superbowl since 1947 when it was called the NFL Title game.

The Arizona Cardinals led the league with 17 opponents' fumbles and tied for fifth in the league with 30 total takeaways.

The Kansas City Chiefs on the other-hand released veterans Patrick Surtain and Ty Law. Brandon Flowers will step into his spot and Maurice Leggett will see action too. But the big question is who's going to replace the 15.5 sacks that Jared Allen contributed two seasons ago?

Pendergast has just as big of a task as Todd Haley does. If he can pull off the magic he did in Arizona and press a couple of players buttons, I see no reason why the Chiefs cannot return to a defensive powerhouse.

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