Bob Sutton will not only return as defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he’s also got an incredible amount of job security.
Like it or not, Chiefs Kingdom, Bob Sutton is your defensive coordinator for the next year. In fact, he has more job security than you might think.
On Wednesday, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star spoke to Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid at the Senior Bowl and asked him directly about Sutton’s position. Reid’s response was the same sort of unflappable lines we’re used to hearing from Reid, wherein Reid mentioned that replacing Sutton wasn’t even something he’d considered.
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Chiefs fans have been waiting since the season ended for further coaching staff moves to shake up the process. Andy Reid said he wanted to give himself time after the Chiefs postseason loss to the Tennessee Titan before making any decisions, which is understandable for someone to want to let the emotions of the moment die down. However, it seems that Reid never even really considered the one option most fans are asking for, if we are to take Reid at his word.
To be fair to Sutton, the Chiefs have enjoyed placement among the NFL’s best defenses in points allowed in four of his five seasons in Kansas City, placing in the top 7 in all those years. That said, the Chiefs also gave up more yards than almost anyone else in the NFL over the last two years, and it’s clear that Sutton’s schemes are becoming more and more predictable as time goes on.
Reid believes that adjustments can make the difference, and fans will have to trust that.