Pendergast goes to Oakland

I just received a call from ESPN’s John Clayton to inform me that Oakland has hired former Kansas City defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to coach the defensive backs.

Pendergast was replaced by Romeo Crennel as the Chiefs defensive coordinator last month. Initially, Kansas City coach Todd Haley said he was interested in keeping Pendergast on the staff. But last week, the team and Pendergast parted ways.

Oakland has not announced the Pendergast hire. On the team’s Web site, Lionel Washington is listed as the defensive backs coach.

Pendergast is a quality coach and he will add good experience on the Raiders’ staff. He is innovator and he is known for his work with defensive backs. He is the third coach added to the Oakland staff, joining new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and defensive line coach Mike Waufle.

The team has not said whether head coach Tom Cable will be back or not, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he will return.

This is a nice addition for Oakland as Pendergast moves West in the AFC West.