Former Chiefs defensive coordinator Sutton hired by Falcons

The Associated Press
File-This Nov. 4, 2018, file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton walking on the sideline during an NFL football against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. The Chiefs have fired Sutton after a second-half collapse in the AFC championship game, including an overtime period in which Kansas City failed to stop the New England Patriots on what turned out to be the only possession. The Patriots won the game 37-31 to reach their third consecutive Super Bowl. Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced the firing in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, one day after he said he was evaluating all aspects of the team. Reid declined to address Sutton specifically. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
File-This Nov. 4, 2018, file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton walking on the sideline during an NFL football against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. The Chiefs have fired Sutton after a second-half collapse in the AFC championship game, including an overtime period in which Kansas City failed to stop the New England Patriots on what turned out to be the only possession. The Patriots won the game 37-31 to reach their third consecutive Super Bowl. Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced the firing in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, one day after he said he was evaluating all aspects of the team. Reid declined to address Sutton specifically. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has joined the Atlanta Falcons as a senior assistant.

Sutton was fired by the Chiefs two days after a crushing 37-31 loss in the AFC championship game, when Kansas City failed to stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on what turned out to be the only possession of overtime.

Sutton joins an Atlanta team that revamped its coaching staff after a disappointing 7-9 season, firing all three coordinators. Head coach Dan Quinn is taking over as defensive coordinator, and Sutton will assist with areas such as game management, timeout usage and replay review.

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The 68-year-old Sutton had been Kansas City's defensive coordinator since 2013, when he joined Andy Reid's initial staff. The longtime college and NFL assistant previously spent 13 years in a variety of roles with the New York Jets, including a stint as defensive coordinator.

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