Chiefs fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton

Senior NFL writer
Yahoo Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have taken their first step toward rectifying the league’s 31st-ranked defense, as they announced the firing of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on Tuesday.

“Bob is a good football coach and a great person,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a statement.  “He played an integral role in the success of our team over the last six seasons. I’ve said before that change can be a good thing, for both parties, and I believe that is the case here for the Chiefs and Bob. This was not an easy decision, but one I feel is in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs moving forward.”

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Sutton has led the Chiefs’ defense since Reid took over before the 2013 season. In 2018, the Chiefs ranked second-to-last in rushing yards, a flaw that came back to bite them in their 37-31 AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. In that contest, the Patriots controlled the clock by a staggering margin — 44 minutes to 20 — by pounding the ball to the tune of 176 rushing yards.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton walks off the field after the 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018. (Getty Images)
Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton walks off the field after the 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018. (Getty Images)

The Chiefs’ defense also allowed quarterback Tom Brady to convert three third-and-10s on the Patriots’ game-winning scoring drive. Add that to the fact the Chiefs failed to generate significant pressure against Brady — who was hit only once and not sacked — and it added up to the latest postseason failure by the Chiefs’ defense.

The Chiefs’ 2017 season ended in the wild-card round when the defense blew a 21-3 second half lead to the Tennessee Titans at home. And in 2013, the Chiefs’ season ended when they blew a 38-10 second-half lead to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.

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