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Report: Chiefs Hire Jets Bob Sutton As Defensive Coordinator

According to a report, the Kansas City Chiefs are set to name Jets linebackers coach Bob Sutton as their new defensive coordinator.


There weren’t a ton of names being thrown around for the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator position, but Sutton has kind of come out of nowhere.

Sutton, along with coaching the linebackers for the Jets, is also the team’s assistant head coach. He has actually been with the Jets since 2000 and has survived four head coaching changes. He was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2006-2008. Sutton also has head coaching experience, having held the top job at the United States Military Academy from 1991-1999.

During Sutton’s reign as defensive coordinator in New York, under then head coach Eric Mangini, the Jets performed as follows:

2006: 6th in points allowed, 20th in yards allowed

2007: 19th in points allowed, 18th in yards allowed

2008: 16th in points allowed, 18th in yards allowed

In 2009, Rex Ryan came to town and the Jets finished 1st in both categories.

There has been no official announcement yet, so stay tuned. Still, what do you think about this likely hire?

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  • Calchiefsfan

    Is he really the best available?

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      It is an interesting pick. The Jets went 10-6, 4-12 and 9-7 when he was DC and that was with Mangini as coach. He survived 4 head coaching changes, which to me is damn impressive.

      Not saying he will be great but I like the idea of a guy on his second try at a job. He’s got three years under his belt and some reflection time. Also, he probably picked up some stuff from Rex Ryan.

      • Calchiefsfan

        I hear he runs a 1 gap 3-4. I’d like to see us stick with the 3-4. I’m just a little surprised with all the big names out there that Reid went with this guy. I think we’re all a little jaded from this last season. I know I’m not getting too excited about anything until I see the results on the field.

      • KCMikeG

        Who else should we have gotten? It appears there aren’t that many available that have been successful that aren’t looking for a HC job or staying with their own team.

  • Michael Shaw

    If he truly is a 1-gap 3-4 guy then I am happy, albeit greatly surprised that Andy didn’t go roaring after Monte Kiffin, Rob Ryan or some other big name. It seems to me that they gave up a lot of yards and points with him as DC, but they also didn’t have some of the defensive players that Rex brought in. Should be interesting.

  • Priest4Prez

    I don’t like those numbers coach; reminds me of a bottom tier Defensive Daboll thing going on. I’m a numbers guy, whether he had a loss in personel to make his defense work or the offenses figured them out. I agree with Calchiefsfan; bit jaded. I need to see results before I move one way or the other

    • Danny W

      I have to agree I’m not impressed.

  • Justin R Groth

    So powe will better fit this defense, right? Because its about penetrateing d-line. So Bailey, powe, possibly Poe all could fit well in an attack 1 gap

    • Danny W

      He’s ran a 1 a 2 and 4-3 so who knows at the point.

    • Outback Chief

      and remember Dorsey is better suited to the 4-3 as well but we need a big MLB now

      • Justin R Groth

        I thought he was a 3-4 1 gap guy.

  • Chief Hokie

    At least we won’t have to worry about these guys leaving to become head coaches in the next few years. All about the continuity baby, yea!

    • KCMikeG

      Great point that gets over looked so frequently. We have had NO continuity for far too long. Changing GM’, HC’s, DC, 4-3 to 3-4 to 50% 3-4/4-3/nickle/dime, OC’s, offensive schemes, QB’s, OL in constant state of change ALL in the last 4 years. Systems take some time to implement and develop or obtain the players needed while building depth. It is amazing that we expect any success with the revolving door we have experienced. This constant state of chaotic change is the worst possible environment to judge a players potential. No wonder we sucked.

      • Jim Harper

        All true Mike. At least Reid should bring stability to us. Sounds to me like Sutton has worked both 3/4 & 4/3 and is flexible. Known for adjusting his defense to the players instead of the players having to adjust to him. Imagine someone using common sense. Totally new concept! Maybe, just maybe the entire staff is pulling in the same direction!

  • Ehud

    What is difficult about evaluating Sutton and whether he will have success is that in his time with the Jets, the head coaches have all been defensive. So we have no idea who was calling the defensive plays. It also means that it is tough to lay the Jets defensive stats on Sutton. Personally I would’ve preferred to stay away from anything connected to the Jets. However, I’m willing to take a wait and see approach barring any uplifting or condemning information.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    This was a down year for DC candidates. I’ll take a 1-gap system over Crennel’s any day though.